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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Podiatrist case yields $3.5 million verdict

A Clifton Forge woman who claimed that her bunionectomy led to permanent, disabling pain and the amputation of her toes won a $3.5 million verdict from a Roanoke jury on Friday. With the cap on medical malpractice damages, the award ...

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Chapter 7: The VLW Blog

The VLW Blog is a centerpiece of the new Virginia Lawyers Weekly Web site. Founded in March 2007, the VLW Blog originally was hosted on the popular Blogger platform. When our new site debuted in April, we imported all material ...

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Bar leader answers critic of judicial selection process

Roanoke Bar Association president George “Al” McLean gives a measured response to the recent comment by Roanoke state Senator Ralph Smith that lawyers have too much influence in the judicial selection process. McLean’s comments appear in a Sunday op-ed piece ...

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Municipal – First Amendment – Public Meeting – Topic Choice

The 4th Circuit upholds a Virginia county’s policy prohibiting “personal attacks” at planning commission meetings, but says the commission did not violate a speaker’s First Amendment rights by removing him from a public meeting after he refused to address the ...

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Fee dispute settled in ‘lemon law’ claim – $26,500 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiffs purchased a used Dodge diesel pickup with 100,000-mile engine warranty. When the engine failed, the local Dodge dealership estimated repairs at $6,700. After discovering in the truck an empty bottle of STP engine treatment, the dealer refused to make ...

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Real Estate – Church Property – Episcopal Church Split (access required)

In this dispute over ownership of property on which are situated Episcopal churches that wish to dissociate from the Episcopal Church of the U.S. and the Diocese of Virginia, a Fairfax Circuit Court denies the motion of the Episcopal Church ...

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Delivery video supports brachial plexus claim – $1,550,000 Verdict (access required)

On May 24, 2001, after delivery of the baby’s head, a shoulder dystocia was encountered involving the left anterior shoulder. Several attempts were made to deliver the shoulders. The baby was delivered less than two minutes after the delivery of ...

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Domestic Relations – Arbitration – Equitable Distribution (access required)

Upon review of a divorcing couple’s stipulated figures and the arbitration awards made in this equitable distribution matter, a Fairfax Circuit Court, after credit for husband’s portion of a timeshare payment, orders husband to pay wife $4,440.89, and no award ...

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Court denies claim for disability benefits – Summary Judgment (access required)

The plaintiff filed this action challenging the final decision of the defendant life insurance company denying the plaintiff’s claim for long-term disability insurance benefits under a group disability insurance policy. This case arose under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act ...

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Contract – Contractor License – Remodeling Project – Plea In Bar (access required)

A Class B contractor is barred from suing homeowners for an extra $62,355 he says is owed for requested alterations in a remodeling project, because the contract for $128,600 exceeded the monetary limits for Class B contractors under Va. Code ...

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