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“Puff-and-go” bill advances

An ignition interlock measure for DUI offenders has passed its second reading in the House of Delegates. The bill would require all first-time DUI offenders to equip their vehicles with breath-testing machines for six months, reports The Virginian-Pilot. The ignition ...

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Legal help for immigrants was a scam, police charge

A Falls Church woman is accused of stealing more than $1 million from illegal immigrants who paid her to help them get working papers. The Washington Examiner reports that Shahrzad Soleimanlou allegedly had several illegal immigrants wire her money by ...

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Negligence – Fall From Roof – OSHA Standard

A plaintiff suing for damages from a fall off the roof of a barn he was hired to paint cannot use expert testimony from an OSHA safety instructor to establish a “community standard of care” applicable to defendant, a Patrick ...

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Law students urged to focus on practice choices

Start thinking now about what kind of law you want to practice, a legal employment expert told students at the U.Va. law school last week. Lawyers work with people, things, ideas, money or business, said Sarah Van Steenburg, managing director ...

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Patient dies after stress test for possible heart problems – Defense Verdict (access required)

The defendant cardiologist saw the plaintiff’s decedent on three occasions for complaints of chest pain. The first visit took place on Dec. 11, 2003. At that time, decedent complained of morning chest pain lasting between five and 10 minutes while ...

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Surgery postponed after patient’s condition deteriorates – $1,600,000 Arbitration Award plus funeral expenses (access required)

On Nov. 8, 2005 a 56-year-old female went to the emergency department at Obici Hospital in Suffolk with a three-day history of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and constipation. Emergency department personnel found the patient to be hemodynamically stable and decided ...

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$2 million lawnmower verdict will stand

Four and a half years after the death of 4-year-old Justin Simmons, the products liability lawsuit over his death finally may have reached closure. The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday turned aside the last plea for a writ from ...

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