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Feds seek breakup of Altria-Juul deal on antitrust grounds

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. business regulators are suing to break up the multibillion-dollar deal between tobacco giant Altria and e-cigarette startup Juul Labs, saying their partnership amounted to an agreement not to compete in the U.S. vaping market. The action announced April ...

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Court closed for cleaning, deputies test positive for virus

PORTSMOUTH (AP) The Portsmouth courthouse was closed temporarily for cleaning after two deputies tested positive for the coronavirus. The courthouse was to be sanitized before reopening out of an abundance of caution, the Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office said in an April 2 post on Facebook. ...

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Jobless claims accelerate rapidly due to virus

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Nearly 115,000 Virginians filed for unemployment benefits last week, more than doubling the already unprecedented figures from the previous week as the coronavirus continues to stall economic activity. The jobless claims over the last two weeks now ...

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16 dead at nursing facility with COVID-19 outbreak

(AP) A long-term care facility with one of the nation’s worst known coronavirus outbreaks announced April 2 that testing conducted on all residents had more than doubled the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 to nearly 100 as fatalities increased ...

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4th Circuit argument session postponed

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has announced it will not hold in-person oral argument during its May 5-8 argument session. Cases tentatively calendared for May 5-8  will be continued for argument at a later session, scheduled for argument by ...

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MCLE requirements unchanged (access required)

The Virginia State Bar says lawyers’ MCLE requirements have not changed, despite the pandemic. Some lawyers had asked about whether the requirement for “live” MCLE courses would be waived because of the health crisis or the governor’s stay-in-place order, the ...

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Charges dropped against 82-year-old accused in fraud scheme

(AP) A Powhatan County judge dismissed felony charges against an 82-year-old preacher accused of defrauding a woman of more than $50,000 in a fake sweepstakes scheme. The four counts of obtaining money under false pretenses against Frederick Shmidt were dropped ...

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DOC confirms first COVID-19 cases among state inmates

FALLS CHURCH (AP) The Virginia Department of Corrections announced March 31 that three offenders had tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first confirmed cases among inmates in a state correctional facility. The inmates are incarcerated at the Virginia Correctional Center for ...

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U.S. justices to consider qualified immunity doctrine

ARLINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by police officers who believe they deserve immunity from a lawsuit filed by college student who says he was beaten up in a case of mistaken identity. The ...

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Lawyer disbarred for mishandling client money (access required)

A South Boston lawyer who failed to cooperate with bar investigators and skipped his disciplinary hearings in February has been disbarred for mismanaging fiduciary accounts. Michael A. Cole “repeatedly took money that did not belong to him,” according to findings ...

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