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Criminal – Suspended Sentence – Restitution Condition – Security System (access required)

A defendant who was convicted of statutory burglary and grand larceny for breaking into a commercial tax service and stealing office equipment loses his appeal of a condition of his suspended sentence requiring that he make restitution of $1,040 for ...

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Domestic Relations – Visitation Modification – Material Change In Circumstances (access required)

A trial court did not err in modifying a father’s visitation schedule to reduce weekday overnight visitation after the parties’ child started kindergarten, in light of testimony about the “chaotic” situation with the child rotating among his parents’ and grandparents’ ...

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Traffic Offenses – DUI – Certificate Of Analysis – Operator Testimony (access required)

The Court of Appeals affirms a defendant’s conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol in violation of Va. Code Sect. 18.2-266, on the authority of Brooks v. Commonwealth [VLW 006-7-460], and holds that the trial court did not err ...

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Million-dollar verdicts on the rise in Virginia? (access required)

Virginia juries returned 29 verdicts of $1 million or more in 2006, almost half again as many as in 2005. The number of large verdicts is too small to suggest a trend, but the increase is at odds with the ...

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Williams Mullen to merge with NC firm (access required)

Williams Mullen, the third largest law firm based in Virginia, plans to merge March 1 with Maupin Taylor PA, a North Carolina firm with about 50 lawyers. The merger will create a firm with about 300 lawyers and 700 employees. ...

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Plaintiffs seek $2M, get $49K and $59K (access required)

The J.B. Hunt tractor trailer driven by defendant Donald Smith was traveling on Route 495 on May 29, 2003, when it slammed into the rear-end of a Volvo four-door sedan operated by Ricci Patrick in which his wife was a ...

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Ruptured appendix case settled for $400,000 (access required)

Plaintiff was a 51-year-old male who reported to the emergency department complaining of abdominal pain. The plaintiff’s white blood cell count was elevated and he was accordingly evaluated by the emergency department for appendicitis. A CT scan was obtained and ...

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School bus crash case settled (access required)

Type of Action: Negligence – wrongful death – school bus collision Name of Case: Confidential Medical Bills: $70,275.51 Funeral Expenses: $11,151.21 Settled: Structured settlement with present value of $1,750.000.00; and payout to beneficiaries of $2,500.00.00 Plaintiff’s Attorney: John C. Shea, ...

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