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Attorney sanctioned for failing to investigate experts (access required)

A plaintiff’s attorney who named three doctors as experts in a personal injury case without speaking with them and knowing they would not appear at trial is liable for a portion of defense counsel fees. Background Plaintiff was employed by ...

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Untainted funds can be used to pay attorney’s fees (access required)

A defendant facing multiple suits involving money laundering, including a criminal prosecution and civil forfeiture proceeding, may tap “untainted” funds to pay his legal fees. Background The United States filed this civil case pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §1345, seeking an ...

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Prevailing plaintiff does not recover all requested fees (access required)

Although a former JMU student prevailed on his due process challenge to the school’s discipline process, his requested fees were severely reduced because of duplication of effort and relative lack of success. Background This case involves a due process challenge ...

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WDVA: Counsel disqualified for past representation of key witness (access required)

Despite informed consent from both clients, a defendant’s attorney was disqualified from representing her on a drug charge because he had previously represented a material witness for the government. Background In a prior criminal drug prosecution, Defendant Lauren Hoback’s defense ...

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SCV: Expert necessary to support legal malpractice claim (access required)

A plaintiff needed to produce an expert to prove her former attorneys failed to exercise reasonable care, skill, and dispatch. She said counsel had caused her personal injury claim to become time-barred by suing the wrong entity. Background Plaintiff Gigi ...

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WDVA: Oral “settlement” no basis to refuse discovery (access required)

A settlement agreement allegedly procured by the defendant’s “debt negotiator” will not be enforced, and the defendant must produce responsive documents in compliance with the court’s most recent discovery order. Background Plaintiff Innotec LLC sued Defendant Visiontech Sales and its ...

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Va. Cir.: Attorney, but not client, evades sanctions for frivolous suit (access required)

A plaintiff suing for $4.75 million on a groundless defamation claim is liable for a proportion of the defendant’s litigation fees and costs. The plaintiff’s attorney was not subject to sanctions, as she relied on her client’s information until she ...

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