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Judge rejects broad discovery objections in FCRA case (access required)

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Overruling general objections and citing a defendant’s ‘strained and untenable’ view of a jurisdiction issue, a federal judge ordered expansive discovery for a pair of would-be class action plaintiffs seeking penalties for alleged background check violations. The judge’s opinion will ...

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Bar urges clear rule against sex with clients (access required)

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A Virginia State Bar committee proposes a “bright-line rule” prohibiting sexual relations between a lawyer and a current client unless the intimate relationship predated the lawyer-client relationship. Bar prosecutors regularly get complaints about lawyer-client liaisons, the committee chair said. Incidents ...

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New law makes Ch. 11 bankruptcy easier for small businesses (access required)

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Chapter 11 bankruptcies will be easier for businesses with smaller debt loads under a new law that takes effect in February. In August, President Donald Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019. Sponsored by Rep. Ben Cline, R-Va., ...

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Sanctions on bankruptcy firm, lawyers are upheld (access required)

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A Roanoke federal judge has upheld penalties against two Virginia lawyers who teamed up with a short-lived, Chicago-based national bankruptcy firm accused of high-pressure sales tactics and litigation misconduct. U.S District Judge Michael F. Urbanski refused to undo $5,000 sanctions ...

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The late-payment culture (access required)

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By Phil Muscato BridgeTower Media Newswires There’s a troubling issue plaguing business to business suppliers and service providers. A recent study by Mastercard found that 74% of business owners and employees think late payments are an inevitable part of business ...

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In one city, 93 opioid pills a year for every resident

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By Andrew Riddler and Sravan Gannavarapu Capital News Service (AP) Between 2006 and 2012, more than 71 million opioid pills flowed into Henrico County. For the county’s 320,000 residents, that represented about 32 pills per person per year. During the ...

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