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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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Prosecutor faces VSB ethics charges (access required)


A Virginia prosecutor has been charged by a Virginia State Bar disciplinary panel with “dishonesty and misrepresentation” in concealing information about a police drug informant. The case against Joseph W. Lee III, formerly with the Portsmouth commonwealth’s attorney’s office, marks ...

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State agrees to treat inmate with Hepatitis C (access required)

Jail Cell Bars Prison FEA

Virginia inmates seeking treatment for Hepatitis C may have made progress with federal litigation, but – even after the state agreed to provide treatment for one prisoner – the state prison system’s overall treatment policy remains unclear. A federal judge ...

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Terwilliger confirmed as U.S. attorney (access required)

The U.S. Senate has unanimously confirmed G. Zachary Terwilliger as the appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Terwilliger was endorsed in May by the two Democratic U.S. senators from Virginia, based on reviews by a panel of ...

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Lemons re-elected chief justice (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Donald W. Lemons has been re-elected by his colleagues to a second term as chief justice. The Virginia Code provides that the chief justice be elected by a majority of the justices to serve a term ...

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Prosecutors stumble with Medicaid fraud case (access required)

Saddled with 3.5 million pages of documents to process and a looming trial date, federal prosecutors are dismissing indictments against a group of health care providers accused of overcharging Medicaid by $45 million. A judge will decide whether the government will ...

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