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Libre by Nexus to curb Virginia operations in settlement with SCC (access required)

The immigration bond security company Libre by Nexus has agreed to pay $425,000 and accept restrictions on its Virginia operations as part of a settlement with state regulators. The State Corporation Commission had accused the company of acting as an ...

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Ex-prosecutor disbarred after admitting sex with clients (access required)

A Richmond attorney and former Nottoway County prosecutor has been disbarred after admitting he had sex with two clients he was defending in criminal matters. The revocation of B. Thomas Bledsoe comes as a Virginia State Bar committee considers proposed ...

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Applications sought for federal judgeship

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are now accepting applications for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Virginia State Bar, likewise, is preparing to evaluate candidates for the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge ...

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Unlinked: Prosecutors renounce funding incentives to pile on charges (access required)

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One aspect of the 2020 Virginia criminal justice reform agenda may already have been achieved, even as reform legislation was parked for a year. Virginia prosecutors responding to a call for revision of the state’s formula for allocating staff positions ...

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Virginia comp bar won’t apply to Maryland employees (access required)

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The Virginia statute that blocks tort recovery against a fellow employee for on-the-job injuries doesn’t apply when those injuries were covered by Maryland, not Virginia, workers’ comp law, a circuit judge has ruled. The Nov. 13 decision by Fairfax Circuit ...

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Supreme Court banishes ‘shall’ from rules, almost (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has revised most of the court’s rules to clarify the meaning of the word “shall.” The court’s amended rules – which take effect March 1 – will include only one use of the word “shall,” ...

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Court proposes relaxed military spouse rule

The Supreme Court of Virginia is proposing to allow most military spouse lawyers to practice without the supervision of licensed Virginia lawyers, a change sought by an advocacy group for attorneys married to active duty service members. Rule amendments posted ...

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Panel rejects reciprocal discipline in Penn State case (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board has declined to penalize a former Pennsylvania prosecutor who was suspended in that state for his handling of a grand jury witness in the Penn State sex abuse scandal. The decision marks the second ...

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Court of Appeals extends COVID restrictions to April 30 (access required)

The Court of Appeals of Virginia has pushed back the end of its pandemic response to at least April 30. The previous expiration date was Dec. 31. The extension was announced in a Nov. 23 order that cited recent increases ...

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