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Bankruptcy – Discharge Revocation – Ch. 7 – Willful Refusal (access required)

A bankruptcy court miscalculated the level of “intransigence” a Chapter 7 debtor must show to lose her discharge in bankruptcy, and the 4th Circuit reverses a revocation of discharge for a debtor who refinanced her home a few days after ...

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Patient alleges broken rib caused by chiropractor – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff alleged that a chiropractor fractured his rib during the first series of manual adjustments of his thoracic spine, yet continued with additional adjustments, despite severe chest pain. He further alleged that despite the increasingly severe pain, the chiropractor failed ...

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Army pharmacy gives wrong dose of coumadin – $1,050,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 21, 2006, plaintiff, an active 80-year-old retired naval officer, had a routine prescription for 2 mg Coumadin refilled at DeWitt Army Community Hospital Family Health Care Center pharmacy, which incorrectly filled the prescription with 5 mg tablets. Plaintiff ...

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Driver suffers broken neck in Augusta collision – $375,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff and defendant were involved in a head-on collision on Dec. 28, 2005, in Augusta County. Defendant denied liability. When defendant refused to comply with the court’s orders to answer discovery, the court, as a sanction, prohibited defendant from contesting ...

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Battle is on over Episcopal Church property (access required)

A Fairfax County Circuit judge has set the stage for what promises to be a hard-fought court battle over title to property occupied by 11 breakaway Episcopal Church congregations in Virginia. In an 83-page opinion, Judge Randy Bellows determined that ...

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There for the asking… (access required)

The money is there for the asking, and more court-appointed criminal defense attorneys are asking. But are they asking soon enough to maintain credibility with the General Assembly? After complaining for decades about the fee caps for court-appointed lawyers, proponents ...

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Debtor’s revoked discharge reversed (access required)

A Virginia Beach debtor, whose bankruptcy discharge was revoked when she refinanced her home days after the discharge, regained her discharge when her case went to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Allison Marie Jordan’s bankruptcy appeal posed the ...

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Sacks is new leader of the VTLA (access required)

Andrew M. Sacks, the new president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, wants a more expansive definition. That’s hardly surprising because Sacks is one of a small minority of attorneys to be recognized as a top advocate in both civil ...

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Judge enjoins new ‘easier’ patent application rules (access required)

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tried to reduce the workload of its examiners by enacting rules intended to limit repetitive filings. However, U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris in Alexandria ruled earlier this month the proposed rules would go ...

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