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Liberty sues Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking millions in damages

(AP) Liberty University has filed a civil lawsuit against its former leader, Jerry Falwell Jr., seeking tens of millions in damages after the two parted ways acrimoniously last year. The complaint, filed April 15 in Lynchburg Circuit Court, alleges Falwell ...

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Lawsuit filed over delays at Virginia Employment Commission

(AP) Five women are suing the leader of the state agency that handles unemployment benefits, alleging “gross failures” to provide needed help as required by law amid the coronavirus pandemic. The class-action lawsuit was filed April 15 in federal court ...

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Three circuits electing VSB reps (access required)

Only three circuits have elections for Virginia State Bar Council this year. Lawyers are voting for bar leaders in Alexandria (the 18th circuit), the Roanoke Valley (the 23rd circuit) and in the Bristol area (the 28th circuit). Online voting continues ...

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Police officer fired 4 months after soldier’s traffic stop

WINDSOR (AP) A police officer accused of pepper-spraying and pointing his gun at a Black Army lieutenant was fired four months after the traffic stop occurred and two days after videos of the incident drew national attention. William Saunders, who ...

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Judge rewards lawyers who won better deal for borrowers (access required)

Virginia lawyers who objected to settlement terms in a case against alleged predatory online lenders helped improve the take for borrowers by $41 million. The judge who approved the enhanced, $182 million settlement plan also sweetened the deal for those ...

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Western District judgeship draws 15 applicants (access required)

Fifteen candidates have applied to be evaluated by a Virginia State Bar committee for a vacancy on the federal bench in the Western District of Virginia. U.S. District Judge James P. Jones, who sits in Abingdon, is scheduled to take ...

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‘Revenge porn’ appeal torpedoed by payoff (access required)

An appeal testing the boundaries of Virginia’s so-called “revenge porn” law has been dismissed without a ruling on the merits. The Supreme Court of Virginia this month declined to consider a case where the loser at the trial court voluntarily ...

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Virginia AG wants police records after Army officer stopped

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general has asked a small police department to release personnel records of two officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army lieutenant during a traffic stop. Mark Herring’s office said in an April ...

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Officer accused of force in stop of Black Army officer fired

(AP) One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black Army officer during a traffic stop has since been fired, the town of Windsor announced April 11, hours after the governor called for an independent ...

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Hotel sues Charlottesville over tax bill

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A hotel in downtown Charlottesville has filed a lawsuit accusing the  city of overcharging it nearly $100,000 in taxes. Charlottesville’s City Council unanimously voted April 5 to allow the city attorney’s office to retain outside counsel to assist with ...

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