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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Bankruptcy – ‘False Claims’ – Sanctions – FDCPA – Limitations

A Norfolk U.S. Bankruptcy Court says it has authority under § 105 of the Bankruptcy Code to sanction a creditor for filing false or fraudulent claims, but the claims at issue here were not extinguished by expiration of the statute ...

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Vocal cord procedure causes chronic cough – $875,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 56-year-old legal secretary, had been treated by the defendant, an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, for headaches. After prior successful radio frequency neurolysis the plaintiff underwent a second procedure at five levels in which she experienced hoarseness and ...

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Renal failure, sepsis, death follow podiatric surgery – $650,000 Settlement (access required)

On May 7, 2006, plaintiff’s decedent, Jane Doe, went to a local hospital’s emergency department with complaints of left calf pain and a recent onset of blisters around her left ankle. Her skin turgor was assessed as “poor” indicating dehydration. ...

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Too good to be true? (access required)

For any law firm, large or small, the process of hiring a new employee can be daunting. Large firms have recruiting coordinators and hiring committees. But small firms usually have one partner, maybe two, charged with locating a new lawyer ...

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Tough stuff (access required)

Bribery, bankruptcy, failure to pay debts and taking money from children. Tough stuff for a general election, much less a Republican nomination contest. Too tough for Paul C. Jost, the challenger for the seat held by Sen. Thomas K. Norment ...

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State fund can recoup from hospital authority (access required)

The Virginia state fund that steps up for insolvent insurance carriers can recover from a local hospital authority workers’ comp payments that should have been made by Reciprocal of America. In an Aug. 25 decision, a Chesapeake Circuit Court said ...

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Appellate experts: Use moot courts to practice argument (access required)

Moot court sessions are an invaluable tool in preparing an appellate argument, Virginia’s solicitor general and his predecessor told a group of appellate specialists last month. The sessions help an attorney anticipate any possible questions, come up with the right ...

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Second homeowners’ group suit dismissed (access required)

A second lawsuit challenging the actions of a community homeowners’ group in Virginia has been dismissed. U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon ruled that evidence did not support charges of racketeering and extortion against the Dogwood Valley Citizens Association. The ...

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Are you highly educated and foreign-born? Then get lost (access required)

Buried beneath screaming headlines denouncing “illegal” blue collar workers from Mexico, news reports touting the virtues of building a southern border fence, and editorials trumpeting harsh work-site raids to round-up and deport “illegal” workers, there is a little-noticed alarm that ...

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