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Criminal – Death Penalty – Habeas Petition – Mental Retardation (access required)

A defendant convicted of capital murder of a man and a woman has his habeas petition alleging multiple claims, some of which are procedurally defaulted, rejected by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Among the claims defaulted, petitioner alleges that the ...

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Doctor prevails in leg amputation claim (access required)

The plaintiff was a 62-year-old retired veteran who went to the first of two podiatrists in January 2004 with a callous on the ball of his right foot. This podiatrist diagnosed the plaintiff with an infected diabetic foot ulcer. She ...

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Early cesarean section not indicated, jury finds (access required)

This is a medical malpractice action in which plaintiff alleged that an obstetrician and gynecologist was negligent with respect to the timing of a scheduled cesarean section. Plaintiff had a previous cesarean section in her first pregnancy involving a classical ...

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Man struck in head by pipe settles comp claim (access required)

A 56-year-old union welder was struck by a large heavy pipe that slipped from a forklift-cable transport and injured his right knee, right shoulder, back, head and neck. He had a laceration to his head and a loss of consciousness. ...

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Teacher in head-on crash settles for $1M (access required)

The plaintiff, a 49-year-old, single school teacher was hit head-on by a large truck on his way to work. The truck crossed the center line and pushed plaintiff’s vehicle off the road. Plaintiff had to be cut from the vehicle ...

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Ban camera phones in the workplace? (access required)

Concerned about workplace confidentiality and privacy, some employment lawyers have been urging clients to restrict employees’ use of personal cellphone cameras. “It seems that almost all cellphones now come with cameras,” said Alan Thayer, an employment lawyer in Oregon. “These ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Gay Father – Visitation Limits (access required)

In a custody dispute between a mother and a gay father who lived with his male companion, the trial court did not err in awarding joint custody of the parties’ three young children and in attempting to strike a balance ...

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Further federal indictments in Reciprocal case unlikely (access required)

The federal criminal investigation related to the implosion of Reciprocal of America appears unlikely to result in additional indictments, much to the chagrin of a forensic accountant who worked for the government on the case. Thomas D. Gober, the accountant, ...

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How to … Select a benefits advisor (access required)

As businesses and their employees are painfully aware, health insurance premiums are on the rise. According to a recent United Benefit Advisors/Ingenix Health Plan Survey of 8,700 employers nationwide, average premiums increased by 9.6 percent over the previous year. Nationally, ...

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Home seller can sue for wrong loan payoff (access required)

It’s a familiar scene for dirt lawyers. At a real estate closing, the parties sign paper after paper, secure in the knowledge that somebody has read all those papers and is looking out for their interests. Maybe. Maybe not. When ...

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