Va. High Court Rules State Bar Can Regulate Atty Blog

Law360, New York (February 28, 2013, 8:33 PM EST) -- The Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday that blog posts by a Hunter & Lipton PC partner qualified as potentially misleading advertising, which the Virginia State Bar could regulate by requiring disclaimers, but added that the blog posts themselves don’t violate client confidentiality.

The state’s high court said criminal defense attorney Horace F. Hunter’s posts on his blog “This Week in Richmond Criminal Defense” unquestionably referenced a specific product — his lawyering skills — and mostly highlighted his wins, qualifying them as potentially misleading commercial speech that the...
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