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SCC plans to cut fees for copies of records

The State Corporation Commission proposes to reduce fees for providing copies of its records. The commission is considering a plan to provide up to 25 pages of paper copies without charge. The current charge is 50 cents per page. The ...

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New lawsuits aim to prevent more violence in Charlottesville

(AP) Two newly filed lawsuits against the white nationalists and others who descended on Charlottesville during a summer rally aim to prevent the violent chaos that unfolded from happening again. One of the lawsuits was filed Thursday in Charlottesville Circuit ...

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Granger to manage Hunton Richmond office

Hunton & Williams has named Douglas S. Granger as managing partner of the firm’s Richmond office. The Richmond office includes business law, litigation and regulatory practices and has 450 employees, including 225 attorneys, according to a firm news release. Granger’s ...

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GOP-controlled group seeks study of Virginia AG’s office

(AP) With less than a month before Election Day, a Republican-controlled legislative commission on Tuesday asked for a broad study of the office of Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission approved a resolution asking ...

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LeClairRyan adds workers’ comp unit (access required)

The Richmond-based LeClairRyan has taken in a 14-lawyer workers’ compensation practice based in Fort Lauderdale. Joining LeClair as partners from the Pizzo & Haman firm are Christopher L. Pizzo and Benjamin “Clark” Haman, LeClair said in a news release. Pizzo ...

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Hampton’s Judge Patrick dies after surgery

Hampton General District Judge Albert W. “Pat” Patrick III died unexpectedly Oct. 9 following complications from heart surgery, the Daily Press reported. He was 66. Judge Patrick was named to the bench in 1995 and reelected by the General Assembly ...

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Gun and drug convictions lead to lawyer’s 3-state disbarment (access required)

A tax lawyer licensed in Virginia and two other states has surrendered all three licenses following a violent 2015 incident at a South Carolina beach community. Robert J. Howell used to practice from an office in Raleigh, North Carolina. He ...

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Bank accused of borrower protection violations (access required)

Virginia consumer lawyers have filed two proposed class action lawsuits against Bank of America claiming the bank ignored rules designed to protect mortgage-paying homeowners. One suit filed Oct. 5 in Roanoke federal court claims the bank unlawfully continued to report ...

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Judge orders release of congressman sentenced for bribery

McLEAN (AP) A former Louisiana congressman sentenced to 13 years in prison on bribery charges who was famously caught hiding $90,000 cash in his freezer has been ordered to be immediately released from jail to receive a new sentencing hearing. ...

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Ex-park worker acquitted in Fairfax wedding death

CHANTILLY (AP) A former Fairfax County park employee who was accused of fatally stabbing a caterer during a dispute at a wedding has been found not guilty. A jury returned the verdict for 20-year-old Kempton A. Bonds on Wednesday, The ...

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