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Supreme Court allows e-filing (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is encouraging lawyers and litigants to file their pleadings with that court electronically. In the June 2 order, the court says it “will permit and does hereby encourage counsel and pro se litigants to file ...

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Supreme Court: Masks required to enter Virginia courthouses (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has finally spoken on the courthouse mask issue as the justices extended the state’s judicial emergency to June 28. The high court says masks are required for everyone over the age of 10 entering a ...

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Police: Man shot near Richmond protests hospitalized

(AP) A man who was hit by gunfire while riding in a car near protesters in Richmond has been hospitalized for a life-threatening gunshot wound, police said. Richmond Police said gunfire shot from behind the car struck the man as ...

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Hospital questions source of sanctions payment (access required)

After the lawyer for a medical malpractice plaintiff paid a $21,667 award of sanctions for discovery lapses, the defendant hospital argued the penalty should have been paid by the plaintiff himself and not the lawyer. Sentara Hospitals contended Norfolk Circuit ...

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Boente to retire

WASHINGTON (AP) The FBI’s top lawyer, Dana Boente, who has spent nearly 40 years with the Justice Department, is leaving the bureau. Boente has been targeted for criticism over the last year by some conservative commentators and supporters of President ...

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Vacant Richmond office tower brought down with implosion

(AP) A 21-story office tower in downtown Richmond was brought to the ground May 30 in an early morning implosion. The Dominion Energy-owned building known as One James River Plaza came down around 7 a.m. at its  location on East ...

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State Bar pays $30,659 to former clients (access required)

The Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund Board authorized reimbursement payments totaling $30,659 to clients of eight former Virginia attorneys at recent meetings. In the largest award, a long-standing client of Travis J. Tisinger of Berryville was reimbursed $12,000 for retainer fees ...

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New job claim scam targets Virginia lawyers

The Virginia State Bar is asking all lawyers to be wary of a scam in which a potential client claiming wrongful termination requests legal assistance with an employee severance agreement from Cardinal Health. What appears to be a typical employment ...

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Supreme Court rules in FOIA case long delayed by lawmaker

(AP) A group of elected officials in Southwest Virginia violated the state’s open government law during meetings about dissolving a public library system, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled May 28 in a case long delayed by a lawmaker’s use of a ...

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Northam says next phase of reopening at least a week away

(AP) Looser restrictions on businesses and social gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic are still at least a week away in Virginia, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Ralph Northam said current coronavirus-related trends are “encouraging” but more data is needed before the state ...

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