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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Officer faces lawsuit over Taser incident

Lawyers for Norfolk’s “Hula Hoop Lady” plan to sue a police officer who repeatedly used a Taser to arrest her. The Hula Hoop Lady apparently passes time on Granby Street by hooping to music from a portable radio.  A Norfolk ...

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Criminal – Sentence Reduction – Cocaine Amendment – Plea Bargain

The 4th Circuit splits from other federal circuits and says two cocaine defendants who plea-bargained for 168-month sentences in 1998 are eligible for sentence reduction after the retroactive amendment to the federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine offenses. U.S. v. ...

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Mattox, former Richmond city attorney, dies

Former Richmond city attorney Conard B. Mattox Jr. died Saturday. He was 85. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Mr. Mattox spent five years as a U.S. Army Air Forces pilot in World War II. Afterwards, he earned bachelor’s and master’s and law ...

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Troutman Sanders completes merger

The Atlanta-based firm of Troutman Sanders LLP today announced it completed its merger with Chicago-based Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLP on Jan. 2. The combination gives Troutman offices on the West Coast and in Chicago.  The merger also doubles the ...

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Fishwick drops out of AG race

Roanoke attorney John P. Fishwick Jr. today announced he will not run for the Democratic nomination for Virginia Attorney General. In a news release, Fishwick said “I have concluded that for now my role should remain in the aggressive private ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – Collateral Source Rule

A defendant employer in this auto-accident case can exclude medical bills of an injured plaintiff who won a bankruptcy discharge of those bills, even to prove pain and suffering, a Norfolk U.S. District Court holds; in a case of first ...

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Doctors fail to diagnose severity of stab wound – Defense Verdict (access required)

On June 27, 2004, after a night of partying, the decedent and his best friend got into a dispute over whether the decedent would drive while inebriated from Hampton back home to Atlanta with his 4-year-old son. The best friend ...

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Mold causes illness in home in Loudoun County: $4,750,000 Verdict (access required)

Paul and Wendy Meng purchased a new home from The Drees Company in November 2005 for $900,000. During construction, the Mengs noticed that the house was not being protected from the weather, which allowed water to saturate the building materials. ...

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