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Justin Fairfax, Lt. Gov of Virginia. Justin Fairfax, Lt. Gov of Virginia.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who stepped down from a partnership at Morrison & Foerster amid allegations of sexual misconduct by multiple women, is appealing a ruling denying his defamation claims against CBS, and he’s shuffled his legal team in the process.

A Virginia federal court judge in January shot down Fairfax’s $400 million lawsuit alleging the network didn’t investigate the truth of two women’s claims before broadcasting interviews with them on “CBS This Morning.” Earlier this month, for his appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, he swapped out a former Baker Botts partner, D.C.-based defense lawyer Sara Kropf, for an Alexandria, Virginia-based copyright attorney.

According to spokeswoman Lauren Burke, Fairfax still believes that CBS aired false accusations that weren’t properly investigated.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at dpackel@alm.com. On Twitter at @packeld

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