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Fee sharing for VSB lawyer referral to start next year (access required)

With the approval of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the Virginia State Bar will revamp its Lawyer Referral Service effective July 1 next year, charging lawyers a percentage fee for the first time. After a study, VSB leaders said the ...

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Licenses suspended for unpaid fees to be reinstated (access required)


Lawyers can expect questions from clients and former clients about the legislation – effective July 1 – that ends driver’s license suspensions based on unpaid court debt. The change affects more than 500,000 drivers. The state budget passed by the ...

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Soros-backed candidates topple incumbent prosecutors (access required)

Two veteran Northern Virginia commonwealth’s attorneys were unseated in primary elections June 11 by challengers from within their own party carrying a message of progressive reform and wielding major donations from liberal billionaire George Soros. Parisa Dehghani-Tafti defeated incumbent Commonwealth’s ...

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Law firm’s insurer pays $5M to settle triple fatality (access required)

GOOCHLAND – Insurance companies for a Virginia law firm paid their policy limits totaling $5 million on June 11 to settle three wrongful death lawsuits arising from a highway crash last year blamed on an inattentive lawyer. The lawyer – ...

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Alston is confirmed for federal judgeship (access required)

After a year and a half of delays, Virginia Court of Appeals Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. is finally about to become a federal judge. The U.S. Senate confirmed Alston for the seat of retired U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce ...

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Colonial Downer (access required)


Allowing a young visitor to Colonial Williamsburg to eat his homemade meal with classmates in a historic tavern might be a necessary accommodation to his special dietary needs, a panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last ...

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