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Reckitt Benckiser pays $1.4 billion in opioid settlement

LONDON (AP) Consumer products company Reckitt Benckiser says it will pay $1.4 billion to resolve U.S. investigations into the marketing of an anti-addiction drug by a subsidiary. The company said July 11 it reached agreements with the U.S. Department of ...

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Court: City can’t stop settlement plaintiffs from speaking

FALLS CHURCH (AP) It is unconstitutional for the city of Baltimore to reduce financial settlements to alleged victims of police misconduct when they speak out about their experience, a federal appeals court has ruled, likening the practice to “hush money.” ...

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Lt. Gov. Fairfax says eyewitness backs up his story

(AP) An attorney for Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says there’s a witness who can corroborate his story that he did not rape a woman while they were students at Duke University nearly 20 years ago. Fairfax lawyer Barry Pollack sent ...

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4th Circuit sides with Trump in emoluments lawsuit

(AP) A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel, handing Trump a significant legal victory July 10. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously overturned the ...

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Assembly abruptly adjourns gun session

(AP) Less than two hours after beginning a July 9 special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned ...

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Smith named president of Ted Dalton Inn of Court (access required)

Roanoke lawyer Charles H. “Trey” Smith III has been named president of the Ted Dalton American Inn of Court. The Inn of Court serves to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bar and to foster greater interaction between ...

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Richmond lawyer joins race for commonwealth’s attorney (access required)

Richmond attorney Alexander L. “Alex” Taylor says he will challenge Colette W. McEachin for the Democratic nomination for Richmond commonwealth’s attorney. Taylor, 57, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he will run on his record of public service including work at the ...

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Spousal privilege causes dropped murder solicitation charge

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Prosecutors have dropped charges against a Chesapeake woman who had been accused of trying to persuade her husband to kill her sister-in-law because state law barred the man from testifying against his spouse. The charges against Amy Klutz, ...

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Victim’s family in boat death case seeks to disqualify prosecutor (access required)

The parents of a man who died in a Northern Neck boating accident in 2017 say the local commonwealth’s attorney should be barred from prosecuting the man accused of causing the accident. The parents of Graham McCormick contend Lancaster County ...

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Lawyer avoids felony conviction on drug charges (access required)

A Washington County lawyer accused of passing illicit drugs to his client in court has pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors. Two other charges were dropped in a deal that avoids jail time and felony convictions for George Ed “Chip” Barker ...

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