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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Negligence – DUI Violations – Punitive Damages – Chiropractic Treatment

A Rockingham County Circuit Court upholds a damage award of $80,000 compensatory and $200,000 punitive damages for a teenage girl who incurred $765 in medical expenses and anticipates an additional $10,000 in chiropractic treatment for aggravation of her scoliosis. Showker ...

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VBA, VTLA make federal court endorsements

The Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association have both recommended Sen. John S. Edwards and Virginia Supreme Court Justice Barbara Milano Keenan for a vacancy on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Magistrate Judge M. ...

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Fight over adult videos ending in Staunton

A case that pitted a smut-fighting local proseuctor against two prominent First Amendment lawyers is headed for settlement in Staunton. According to The News Leader, the year and a half long battle between prosecutor Raymond C. Robertson and Rick E. ...

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Commutation authority disputed

York County Circuit Judge N. Prentis Smiley lacked any authority to commute the death sentence of capital murder defendant Daryl Renard Atkins to life in prison, an attorney told the Supreme Court of Virginia today.Chief Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. ...

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GMU mootsters take regional honors

George Mason University law students have won the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship in the National Rounds of the 2009 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, according to the school’s announcement. The moot team shut out the competition 7-0. ...

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Products Liability – Apartment Sprinkler Heads – Statute Of Repose

In a case of apparent first impression, a Prince William Circuit Court says that apartment complex sprinkler heads are “ordinary building materials” under Virginia’s statute of repose, and a lawsuit after an apartment fire is barred. Royal Indemnity Co. v. ...

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Triggerman bill advances

A bill that would allow the death penalty for accomplices in capital crimes has made it to the full House of Delegates. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, was designed to combat gang-related crimes, reports the Daily News-Record. ...

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U.Va. rejects changes to honor code

The vote was 2-to-1 against an overhaul of U.Va.’s single sanction honor system. The proposal had needed at least 60 percent of the student body voting in its favor to pass, but 70 percent of students who voted on the ...

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