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Drive-through service: Beach clerk uses old bank to work during pandemic (access required)


Under pressure to maintain in-person services for people seeking concealed carry permits and marriage licenses despite COVID-19 restrictions, one Virginia court clerk hit on a novel solution. She adapted an unused bank building to allow drive-through services behind the building’s ...

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Federal assistance may prolong bankruptcy filings (access required)

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With businesses closed, employees furloughed and sales plummeting, there will almost certainly be an increase in bankruptcy filings as a result of the pandemic. But with the recent outpouring of federal financial support, attorneys say the uptick in “COVID-caused” bankruptcy ...

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Lawyer falsely claimed coverage (access required)


A lawyer who allowed his client’s personal injury lawsuit to be tossed out of court for failure to serve process – and who falsely claimed to have malpractice coverage – has been suspended from Virginia practice for a year and ...

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Virginia firm helps score $40.5M class action settlement (access required)


A Richmond-based law firm is part of a legal team that won a $40.5 million settlement against insurance companies accused of improperly jacking up premiums for existing life insurance policies. Geoff McDonald & Associates and three other firms represented policyholders ...

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Local option: Face masks not required in all Virginia courts (access required)

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As Virginia courthouses reopen, jurisdictions disagree on whether or not face masks will be required upon entry. The Supreme Court of Virginia issued guidance stating that court officials are expected to take “reasonable steps” to protect public health as local ...

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Courts ease back into operation (access required)

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Taking things a step at a time, Virginia trial courts have again opened their doors to in-person hearings for non-emergency matters, to generally good reviews by lawyers around the state. Courthouse halls were quiet as files continued to pile up ...

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Court says prosecutor has exposure to defamation claim (access required)


A newly elected commonwealth’s attorney who allegedly maligned a former staffer at a public gathering does not have prosecutorial immunity to the staffer’s defamation claim, the Supreme Court of Virginia decided this month. The justices’ ruling revives a lawsuit against ...

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