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Settlements often kept under wraps (access required)

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Two Virginia judges have taken different views of the value of public disclosure of lawsuit settlements for cases involving death or child victims. The extent of the public’s right to know about the handling of significant cases with potentially vulnerable ...

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Doctor sues pharmacy for defamation

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A physician at a Petersburg pain clinic is suing CVS pharmacy for defamation based on pharmacy employees’ alleged comments about the physician being investigated for prescribing too many pain medications. The pharmacy is fighting back with a defense of qualified ...

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Roanoke doctor settles defamation claim

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A Roanoke anesthesiologist who sued a trauma surgeon for critical statements he made after the death of a patient has settled his defamation claim for an undisclosed amount The $2.35-million suit filed by Dr. Bradley J. Cashion had been cleared ...

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Noncompete at issue after dismissal

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A Salem physician claims he was terminated by his practice group after the business forced him to sign a noncompete agreement that now bars him from working anywhere near his home. Allergist Thomas Fame is asking a judge to release ...

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Suit under False Claims Act proceeds

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A cardiologist fired by a medical practice after uncovering alleged improper billing practices can sue the practice and six colleagues under the federal False Claims Act, a Richmond federal judge has held. The case presents an apparent issue of first ...

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