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Patient claims he was tased by hospital security (access required)

A former patient at Lynchburg General Hospital says he was severely injured when he was shocked by a security guard wielding a stun gun in 2018. Now, the patient has filed a civil rights action against the hospital owner and ...

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Supreme Court to hear argument by phone (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear all oral arguments in its April session by telephone, the court announced April 3. An order allows parties the choice of arguing by telephone conference call or waiving oral argument for the April ...

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Bar Council ballots set (access required)

Some Virginia lawyers will be voting on their representatives to Bar Council this month. There are elections in five Virginia State Bar circuits to take place from April 13 to May 1. In Fairfax County, 11 candidates are vying for ...

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4th Circuit argument session postponed

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has announced it will not hold in-person oral argument during its May 5-8 argument session. Cases tentatively calendared for May 5-8  will be continued for argument at a later session, scheduled for argument by ...

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MCLE requirements unchanged (access required)

The Virginia State Bar says lawyers’ MCLE requirements have not changed, despite the pandemic. Some lawyers had asked about whether the requirement for “live” MCLE courses would be waived because of the health crisis or the governor’s stay-in-place order, the ...

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Lawyer disbarred for mishandling client money (access required)

A South Boston lawyer who failed to cooperate with bar investigators and skipped his disciplinary hearings in February has been disbarred for mismanaging fiduciary accounts. Michael A. Cole “repeatedly took money that did not belong to him,” according to findings ...

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Eastern District to allow remote criminal hearings

Pursuant to Congressional authorization, the federal courts of the Eastern District of Virginia may use video or telephone conferencing for certain criminal proceedings. A March 30 order cites legislation passed by Congress on March 27 authorizing the use of remote ...

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Carry on (access required)


The gym and the lodge may be shut down for the duration of the pandemic response, but Virginia lawyers and the businesses that support them have been hustling to keep the wheels turning, often by remote control. For most lawyers ...

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