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In limbo: Eviction moratorium in flux, Virginia tenants and landlords may feel impact (access required)

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A federal judge’s ruling earlier this month that a nationwide eviction moratorium ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is unconstitutional has left unanswered questions for Virginia’s landlords and tenants. U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the ...

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VLW presents ‘Largest Law Firms’ survey for 2021 (access required)

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In this week’s issue, Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents its 33rd annual survey of “Virginia’s Largest Law Firms.” As has been the case since the feature debuted in 1989, rankings within the survey are based on the number of Virginia-licensed lawyers ...

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Revisiting clawback case, judge OKs exceptions (access required)

A Fairfax County judge has revisited his February ruling that an employer cannot claw back salary paid to an alleged unfaithful employee. In a May 6 decision, Circuit Judge David A. Oblon acknowledged he misapplied his own test. He allowed ...

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Partners sacrifice to repay clients after embezzlement (access required)

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Four partners in a Charlottesville law firm went without pay for several months last year as the firm struggled to repay clients affected by a half-million-dollar embezzlement. A long-time bookkeeper took money from accounts at Dygert, Wright, Hobbs & Hernandez ...

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Roanoke lawyer faces $742K judgment for botched divorce (access required)

A Roanoke lawyer is defending collection actions on a six-figure judgment after alleged lapses in a divorce action and a resulting legal malpractice lawsuit, according to his client’s new lawyer and Virginia State Bar allegations. Charles “C.J.” Covati undermined his ...

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Hazing lawsuit in Radford survives demurrers (access required)

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A former college freshman who claims he was injured in a hazing ritual can pursue claims against 22 alleged members of a rogue Radford University fraternity. Radford Circuit Judge Josiah T. Showalter Jr. rejected defenses including illegality, contributory negligence and ...

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