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Judge blasts patent lawyer, orders $1M payment (access required)


An Alexandria federal judge pointedly condemned the “dishonesty” of a patent lawyer who profited from licensing a company’s patent portfolio while keeping the company in the dark about his activities. U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady said Erik Cherdak’s “character for ...

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Herring nixes prosecutor’s plan to cut his own salary (access required)

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has thrown cold water on a plan by the commonwealth’s attorney of Greene County to cut his salary nearly in half. Matthew D. Hardin hoped to turn the county commonwealth’s attorney position into a ...

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Client: Lawyer sought to trade sex for fees (access required)

A Winchester lawyer has been accused in court of seeking sexual favors from a client in exchange for a discount on her fee. The female client told a judge Sept. 10 that lawyer Howard J. Manheimer groped her and said ...

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Retained urnings (access required)


A Roanoke woman says the funeral home that handled her husband’s remains ignored its promise to give separate ash urns to estranged family members. She claims in a lawsuit that the home gave both urns to a stepdaughter who now ...

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Prosecutor resigns after bar charges revealed (access required)

The chief deputy of the Augusta County commonwealth’s attorney’s office has resigned in the face of ethics charges unveiled last month by the Virginia State Bar. The charges against Joseph W. Lee III are based on allegations of misconduct raised ...

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Same-sex horseplay backs hostile environment claim (access required)


Even though a plaintiff male employee admitted his male workplace tormenter was not homosexual, the co-worker’s alleged persistent, sexually charged harassment was enough to let a Title VII hostile work environment claim go to trial, a federal judge has ruled. ...

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Lawyer gets reprimand for balking at trial (access required)

A lawyer who refused to participate in his client’s criminal trial after preliminary motions were denied by a judge has agreed to a Virginia State Bar reprimand. John L. Taylor III of Richmond was one of eight lawyers who – ...

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Sharp wins Judicial Council’s Carrico Award (access required)

Warren County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge William W. Sharp has received the 2017 Harry L. Carrico Outstanding Career Service Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Judicial Conference of Virginia for District Courts on Aug. ...

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Habeeb and Dicks to open new Richmond law office (access required)

Two former legislators – one a veteran lobbyist – are joining forces to open a new law office in Richmond, a branch of the Roanoke-based Gentry Locke firm. Gentry litigation partner Gregory D. Habeeb will oversee the Richmond office, with John G. “Chip” ...

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