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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Insurance – Policy Coverage – Boat Sinking – Water Pump Repair (access required)

Where a boat sank after the owner’s husband disconnected a water pump from the boat in order to take it to someone else for repair, and the failure to close off the seacock valve allowed water to enter, ultimately sinking ...

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Tort – Defamation – Opinion – Performance Evaluation (access required)

A former senior vice president for a government contractor who sued her former employer for defamation based on statements made in her performance evaluation has her jury award of $1.5 million compensatory and $350,000 punitive damages set aside because three ...

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Zoning – Adjacent Parcels – Lot Coverage (access required)

Two parcels of real estate separated by a 50-foot wide public street cannot be considered “adjacent” under the local zoning ordinance in order to constitute one zoning lot for the purpose of determining maximum allowable lot coverage, and the circuit ...

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Rearender results in $175K jury award (access required)

Plaintiff, a 52-year-old female, was involved in a rear-end accident on Route 28. Liability was admitted at trial. Plaintiff’s injuries were four herniated discs at C5-C6; L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1. The cervical herniation was discovered within weeks after the accident. ...

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Woman, with brain injury from tunnel rearender, settles for $3M (access required)

On Jan. 14, 2002, plaintiff was stopped in traffic in the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel when she was rear ended by an HRT bus. She was dazed and experienced low back pain. She was treated for back pain and headaches ...

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Court reverses $1.85M award for ?defamatory' job evaluation (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a $1.85 million award for an executive who said she was defamed during a performance evaluation. Only two of the five allegedly defamatory statements in the executive’s job evaluation could support the jury ...

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Bars are asked for endorsements for 4th Circuit (access required)

Sen. Jim Webb asked Virginia bar groups on Wednesday for recommendations for two vacancies on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that he says have been assigned to the state. The vacancies were created by the resignation last year ...

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