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Two municipalities sue over opioid crisis (access required)


Two Virginia localities are suing more than 30 pharmaceutical companies they say are responsible for opioid epidemics in their communities. The City of Alexandria and Dickenson County filed lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and pharmacy benefit managers March 14. The local ...

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Lawyer disbarred after skipping VSB hearing (access required)


A Lynchburg lawyer who ran afoul of a bankruptcy judge, failed to show at a series of court appearances and then skipped a Virginia State Bar disciplinary hearing has been disbarred. Brent L. Barbour’s pattern of violations over a short ...

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Organizing for trial (access required)


When it comes to organizing for trial and questioning witnesses, there is no “one size fits all” way to do it. Nevertheless, there are good reasons for and against different approaches. Using no notes is a bad idea: It’s less ...

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Bar: Tips to assistance program could help troubled lawyers (access required)


A Virginia State Bar committee is recommending allowing bar prosecutors to share concerns about a lawyer’s mental health or substance abuse issues with a lawyer assistance program. The rule change would mark an exception to otherwise strict confidentiality about any ...

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Change in support possible at retirement (access required)

Divorce Decree FEA

A divorced spouse paying support to an ex should have a better chance for a retirement age adjustment under a proposal advanced by the Virginia Family Law Coalition and approved by the General Assembly this year. The idea now awaits ...

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Rented-office issues arise with lawyer advertising proposal (access required)


Some Virginia lawyers say guidelines on attorney advertising could limit solos and small firms who serve clients at temporary rented office space. Lawyers are not prohibited from using rented offices to meet with clients or others, but ethics standards say ...

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Lawyer gets prison for bankruptcy fraud (access required)

US Bankruptcy Court - Eastern District

A disbarred Richmond lawyer once accused of stripping assets from her own law office in advance of a visit by federal regulators was sentenced March 12 to a year in prison for bankruptcy fraud. Nnika E. White also was convicted ...

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Pols point fingers as judgeships go unfilled (access required)


Democratic politicians say the sole GOP state legislator from Fairfax County tossed a monkey wrench into the judicial selection process this month, using his majority-party power to block election of new judges for badly needed seats on the county’s juvenile ...

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Million-Dollar Settlements of 2017 (1-29) (access required)


Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the survey of “Million-Dollar Settlements of 2017.” This annual compilation recaps big settlements from across the commonwealth for the previous year. When this feature was published last month, it did not include several late-filed settlements and ...

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