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‘Knucklehead bill’ could return (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – A move to expand criminal record expungement in Virginia could be revived next year. Three Republican lawmakers say there is pressure to allow expungement of minor criminal convictions for youthful offenders who otherwise face obstacles in their ...

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Court provides fix for inscrutable discovery answers (access required)

HOT SPRINGS – The Supreme Court of Virginia says a litigant cannot object to a discovery inquiry without indicating if there is something to protect. The change was little noticed among a batch of rule updates that took effect the ...

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Virginia lawyers score $112.5M settlement in Duke research case (access required)

Duke University will pay $112.5 million to the U.S. government to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that a technician falsified data to obtain lung research funding from federal agencies. The whistleblower in the case was represented by attorneys ...

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Future tense (access required)


Lawyers may be slow to change and stress over technology, but the future of law practice demands data protection, a Virginia State Bar committee says. Running a law office of any size requires technological competence, the panel emphasized in a ...

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Lawyer takes deferral deal for criminal charge (access required)

A judge has approved a deferred dismissal deal for a Winchester lawyer accused of sexual battery of a client. Pursuant to the agreement for attorney Howard J. Manheimer, both prosecution and defense moved to have the misdemeanor sexual battery charge ...

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Lawyer surrenders license amid accusations (access required)

A Lynchburg attorney has given up her license amid allegations that she misappropriated money from an elderly woman for whom she held power of attorney. Cherie A. Washburn is facing a civil lawsuit for her handling of the finances of ...

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The cost of smoking (access required)


A Norfolk Circuit Court jury returned a $5 million asbestos verdict for the family of a deceased railroad employee, but cut the verdict to $1 million based on the employee’s smoking habit. The reduction was possible under rules for railroad ...

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