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Borrower sanctioned for frivolous arbitration argument (access required)

Where a mortgage borrower’s argument that loan servicing companies tacitly consented to arbitration by their silence was frivolous, and he refused to withdraw a motion to confirm an “arbitration” award after receiving a Rule 11 safe harbor letter, he was sanctioned ...

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020-7-094 – Commonwealth v. Johnston

Commonwealth v. Johnston, Record No. 1720-19-1, April 14, 2020. CAV (Frank) from Hampton City Cir. Ct. (Hutton) Mason D. Williams for appellant, Joseph E. Dean II for appellee. VLW 020-7-094, 12 pp. Unpublished. Full-Text Opinion

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VSB Disciplinary Actions: May 18 (access required)

Effective May 11, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license of Kathryn Suzanne Pennington of Virginia Beach based on her affidavit consenting to the revocation. By tendering her consent to revocation at a time when allegations of misconduct ...

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William D. Cremins (access required)

Retired Fairfax attorney William D. Cremins died March 18. He was 81. Born in Boston, Mr. Cremins grew up in several places before settling down in Springfield where he was among the first graduating classes of Annandale High School in ...

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Woman hurt when firefighter swung firetruck too wide — $200,000 verdict, plus $210,258 interest (access required)

Plaintiff, a 55-year-old woman, was stopped at a red light in the northbound left lane of 18th Street at its intersection with East Broad Street in Shockoe Bottom.  Defendant, a Richmond firefighter, was driving a firetruck heading west on East ...

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Bernard S. Gild (access required)

Retired Fairfax attorney Bernard Gild died April 17. He was 91. A Brooklyn native, Mr. Gild enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 17. Following service, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and relocated to Washington, D.C., to ...

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Hearse driver shatters knee when driver pulls out in front of him — $890,000 settlement (access required)

Part-time hearse driver was injured when man pulled out of a Philip Morris parking in front of him. Liability was straightforward as the defendant admitted on police body-cam footage that he pulled out into the plaintiff’s right-of-way. Defendant had $300,000 ...

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