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Monthly Archives: July 2008

Man settles burn lawsuit for $4.75M (access required)

An electrician has won a $4.75 million settlement from the Missouri company that designed the overcurrent protection system for the Middle River Regional Jail in Augusta County. Larry Shifflett suffered burns to his arms, torso and neck as he was ...

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Attorneys – Fees – ‘Prevailing Party’ – Legislative Action (access required)

In the seven-year history of this litigation in which the district court enjoined enforcement of Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board regulations that discriminated against out-of-state producers and sellers of wine and beer, the district court awards attorney’s fees to the ...

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Senate debate focuses on trust, energy policy (access required)

HOT SPRINGS (AP) Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Jim Gilmore feuded July 19 over energy policy and trustworthiness in a debut debate in their race for the U.S. Senate, but neither former governor scored a breakthrough. Gilmore, trailing significantly in ...

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Dentist regulation: one man is vindicated, another presses on (access required)

While one Virginia dentist celebrates his apparent vindication in a three-year struggle with the state Board of Dentistry, another plans to take his case to the Supreme Court of Virginia after rejection by the Court of Appeals in a case ...

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Decision preempts surgical device claim (access required)

A woman who claims that a surgical device malfunctioned during an operation, resulting in severe damage to both her uterus and her colon, may be prevented from suing the manufacturer of the device. A February decision by the U.S. Supreme ...

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Obituaries (access required)

Joseph V. Gartlan Jr. Joseph V. Gartlan Jr., an attorney and an unabashed liberal in a conservative Virginia Senate for 28 years, died July 18 from sepsis at a Fairfax hospital. He was 82. “He was a tireless and effective ...

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Law Foundation receives largest bequest ever (access required)

The Virginia Law Foundation this month received its largest bequest ever: a $25,000 gift from the estate of attorney Ken McFarlane Smith. Mr. Smith, a longtime Arlington lawyer, was a member of the Fellows Class of 1998 and served on ...

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UR, Criminal Justice Services launch victim assistance academy (access required)

The University of Richmond and the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services is conducting Virginia’s first victim assistance academy this week. The academy will train service providers and advocates to more effectively help crime victims regain control of their lives. ...

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Civil rights champions are honored on Capitol grounds (access required)

Half a century after black schoolchildren and civil rights champions struggled to desegregate Virginia’s schools, statues honoring them desegregated the state Capitol grounds. Thousands of people crowded Capitol Square in 95-degree heat last week for the dedication of the civil ...

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VCU administrators quit after degree investigation (access required)

Several Virginia Commonwealth University administrators are stepping down following an investigation into the improper awarding of a bachelor’s degree to Richmond’s former police chief. University officials aren’t linking the resignations to the investigation. Robert Holsworth is resigning as interim dean ...

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