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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Jury returns defense verdict in Erb's Palsy case (access required)

On September 10, 1999, the plaintiff mother presented to the hospital for labor and delivery. During the delivery, the defendant obstetrician encountered a severe shoulder dystocia. In their Motions for Judgment, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant obstetrician was negligent ...

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Surgeon not negligent for failing to operate sooner (access required)

This medical negligence action was tried before a jury in Portsmouth Circuit Court Sept. 11, 2006 through Sept. 14, 2006. The Motion for Judgment alleged the defendant, a consulting surgeon, failed to timely perform surgery on the plaintiff’s decedent. Plaintiff ...

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Ex-elder facility director can sue for wrongful discharge (access required)

An employee who claims she was fired for cooperating with a safety investigation at a Chesterfield assisted-living facility can sue for wrongful discharge, a Richmond federal magistrate judge says. In firing the facility’s activities director, the employer allegedly attempted to ...

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Lawyers ignoring VSB fee dispute program (access required)

Alternative dispute resolution, especially mediation, is booming, in the words of Falls Church lawyer Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan. But he says it is “totally underutilized” in an area where it would seem to be of the most direct benefit to ...

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VLW law blog debuted (access required)

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to announce the debut of VLW, the law blog. The URL for the blog is: vlweekly.blogspot.com. VLW will feature breaking news and new cases you can use. And it will include info about lawyers and ...

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Company may face punitives for not responding to threats (access required)

An employer faces a punitive damages claim for allegedly failing to respond to an employee’s threats against a coworker whom he later shot and killed. Rockingham County Circuit Judge John J. McGrath Jr. rejected earlier this month arguments to dismiss ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Four attorneys with the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles have been named partner. Vonda W. Chappell is a member of the firm’s tax section in the Chesapeake office. She focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and trust administration, ...

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Insurance coverage disputes: Winning the case within the case (access required)

A client says, “We think we might get sued on this one, so we’re going to call our insurance agent to find out about coverage.” This coverage question often becomes the case within the case — the insurance coverage dispute. ...

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Norfolk law firm to move after 40 years

The law firm of Willcox & Savage was one of the first tenants to move into the Bank of America Building when it opened in downtown Norfolk in 1967. But The Virginian-Pilot reports that that the firm’s Norfolk office will ...

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