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Federal judiciary defines what is ‘misconduct’ (access required)


The policy-making body of the federal judiciary has approved amendments to the judicial codes of conduct to state plainly what qualifies as “misconduct” and to make it easier for victims of sexual harassment or assault to come forward and report ...

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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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‘Largest Law Firms’ survey for 2019 coming in April (access required)


Virginia Lawyers Weekly will publish its annual survey of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms” next month. As has been the case since the feature debuted in 1989, rankings within the survey are based on the number of Virginia-licensed lawyers working at ...

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VSB’s Clients’ Protection Fund paid $51K in January (access required)


The Virginia State Bar’s Clients’ Protection Fund board has approved payouts worth $51,123 to clients who suffered financial losses as a result of six Virginia attorneys’ dishonest conduct. At a January meeting, the board approved funds for new claims worth ...

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VBA asks lawyers ‘RUWell’? (access required)


Justin W. Earley was “the picture of stability and success” early in his legal career, having graduated at the top of his law class at Georgetown, passed the bar in his home state and landed a job at one of ...

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Assembly expands sanctions for spoliation (access required)


Penalties for missing evidence could become more common in Virginia courts. Legislation now awaiting approval by Gov. Ralph Northam would allow juries to infer that missing evidence is unfavorable if a party handled the evidence in a “reckless” manner. In ...

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