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Court bypasses polygraph test issue

The other evidence that Dwight Kelly Smith remains a sexually violent predator was so clear that it didn’t have to rule on whether the trial judge considered his failure to take a polygraph test, the Supreme Court of Virginia said ...

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Medical Malpractice – ER Physician – Heart Attack Diagnosis – SDT

A plaintiff who is suing defendant ER physician on a complaint that she was not examined for cardiac pathology at a hospital emergency room and was discharged with acute chronic low back pain, only to return to the ER later ...

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Frederick will not seek reelection

Virginia GOP chairman and Delegate Jeff Frederick, R-Woodbridge, will give up his seat in the House. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Frederick has faced continuing attacks on his chairmanship, largely from veteran activists who fault him as not doing enough ...

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Virginia tobacco company loses round one in Florida court

Richmond-based Altria Group Inc. has an initial setback in a sick smoker trial. According to The Miami Herald, a Florida jury found that a chain smoker’s death was directly attributable to his addiction to cigarettes. Elaine Hess, whose husband Stuart ...

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DLA Piper announces layoffs

Megafirm DLA Piper US LLP is laying off 180 employees nationwide. “Given market conditions, we have concluded with deep regret that we must reduce our US workforce by approximately 80 associates and 100 staff,” wrote DLA Piper spokesman Jason Costa ...

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Consumer Protection – Lemon Law – Attorney’s Fees

A Norfolk Circuit Court had to tell a jury it could not award more than the unhappy Kia Sedona buyers asked for, and the buyers won $33,380 in damages, plus $23,850 in attorney’s fees and $3,530 for an expert witness ...

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Bills would require investigation before felony arrest

Prosecutors are backing bills to require a police investigation before someone could be arrested on a magistrate-issued felony warrant. The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys backs the bill for two reasons, reports the Daily Press. First, cases with a lack ...

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Chalk one up for plaintiffs

In the tussle over hospital internal review documents, a Martinsville Circuit Court has come down on the side of a med-mal plaintiff. Plaintiff Emma Lucille Gravely sued Dr. Richard S. Perren, an emergency medicine doctor, who allegedly discharged her with ...

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Alston elected to Court of Appeals

The General Assembly elected Prince William County Circuit Judge Rossie D. Alston Jr. to the Virginia Court of Appeals this afternoon. The legislature had elected Alston to a second eight-year term on the circuit court earlier in the session. He ...

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