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Jury returns $125K verdict for pedestrian ankle injury (access required)

Susan P. Wilkins, a 49-year-old pedestrian, was walking on the grass in front of a paved residential parking area on Dec. 20, 2005, when the defendant failed to put his vehicle in park after he stopped. The vehicle rolled onto ...

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Jury returns survivorship, wrongful death verdicts (access required)

Plaintiff alleged that multiple acts of negligence at Piney Forest Nursing Home caused or contributed to pressure sores, poor hygiene, inadequate pain control, malnutrition, dehydration and eventual death. After a six-day trial, a jury awarded $350,000 in survivorship damages and ...

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Leg injury from fall at assisted living facility results in $490K settlement (access required)

A resident at an assisted living facility sustained a fall while being helped into the shower by the facility’s staff. Plaintiff claimed the assisted living facility failed to exercise proper fall prevention practices, which caused the fall. The resident complained ...

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Trucker not liable for U-turn that blocked both travel lanes (access required)

On April 8, 2003, at approximately 7:00 a.m., George R. Herren, owner of Ben Herren Enterprises Inc., and an employee of defendant Prudhoe Bay Freight Lines, was hauling a landfill tipper on a flatbed trailer from Oregon to Amelia, Virginia. ...

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Statewide bar groups schedule procedures for Benton successor (access required)

Three statewide bar groups have asked candidates to replace retiring Virginia Court of Appeals Judge James W. Benton to submit information to them by Aug. 24. That’s the same day that Gov. Timothy M. Kaine set to have information sent ...

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Hokie Spirit fund to remain open (access required)

BLACKSBURG—The special fund set up after the Virginia Tech shootings was supposed to close for donations on July 31, but the university says it will stay open for now. University development spokesman Michael Kiser says administrators will keep the Hokie ...

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Student suspended for offensive Web site files suit in Delaware (access required)

NEWARK, DEL.—A student suspended and banned from the University of Delaware over concerns about offensive material on his Web site filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday claiming that the school has violated his constitutional rights to free speech and due process. ...

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Morva capital murder trial to take place in Montgomery (access required)

CHRISTIANSBURG—A capital murder trial for an escaped jail inmate accused of killing a sheriff’s deputy and a hospital security guard near Virginia Tech last September will be tried in Montgomery County, a judge ruled last week. Attorneys for William Morva ...

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Surry officials get racial invective over handling of Vick case (access required)

SURRY—Gail P. Clayton was talking to yet another reporter about the Michael Vick dogfighting case when a co-worker handed her a letter that had just arrived at the Surry County courthouse. “Blacks—no matter how much money and education will always ...

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