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Virginia is latest state to sue Purdue Pharma family

(AP) Virginia has joined a growing number of states suing members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma for their alleged role in the nation’s opioid crisis. Attorney General Mark Herring announced Sept. 11 that the state has amended a ...

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Inspector general investigates Medicaid contract

(AP) Virginia’s inspector general is investigating a contract worth up to $1.5 million that the state’s Medicaid office awarded to a company owned by a former U.S. government employee who helped oversee federal oversight of the state. The Department of ...

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AG Herring warns against self-administered rape kits

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring says consumers should be wary about a newly launched product marketed as a way for victims to self-administer a sex assault evidence kit. Herring’s office said in a Sept. 10 news release that evidence from ...

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Liberty’s Falwell says he’s target of ‘attempted coup’

(AP) Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says he is asking the FBI to investigate what he called a “criminal” smear campaign orchestrated against him by several disgruntled former board members and employees. Falwell told The Associated Press Sept. 10 ...

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Judge: Beware the LLC diversity trap (access required)

ROANOKE — A Roanoke federal judge has some advice for litigation lawyers: Double check the citizenship of the parties before filing a diversity action in federal court. Just because an LLC is registered in a particular state does not make ...

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Lemons to receive Inns of Court award (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons next month will receive the 2019 American Inns of Court Lewis F. Powell Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics. Lemons, Virginia’s 26th chief justice, served two terms as president of the American Inns of ...

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Expected this fall: Statewide rollout of e-vouchers (access required)

Lawyers doing court-appointed work can look forward to much quicker payments with statewide implementation of an electronic voucher system this fall. Court officials hailed the benefits of the Electronic Voucher Payment System as used in pilot programs in Wise County, ...

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Panel proposes ‘confer’ requirement for corporate depos (access required)

A rules committee is inviting comments on new language for the rule that governs depositions of corporate representatives in Virginia litigation. The Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Court proposes to add a requirement for the litigants to “confer ...

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Body cam workload overwhelms some defense attorneys

NORFOLK (AP) Defense attorneys, both court-appointed and public defenders, are struggling to keep up with the amount of police body camera video they have to review. The wave of body camera adoption across the state has mostly happened without considering ...

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Former university researcher sentenced to probation

ROANOKE (AP) A former Virginia Tech scientist found guilty of conspiring to commit federal grant fraud has been sentenced to probation. The federal judge sentencing Yiheng “Percival” Zhang said he didn’t find a need for prison time, given that Zhang ...

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