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Turn down $80K? What are they thinking?

Elizabeth Wurtzel, the author of “Prozac Nation” and “Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women,” has a column in this morning’s Wall Street Journal on “Tough Times for Big Law.” Wurtzel, who graduated from Yale Law School last year and has ...

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Smolla to be Furman president

Washington and Lee University Law School Dean Rodney A. Smolla has been a man on the move in recent years, and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He will be introduced tomorrow as the 11th president of Furman University ...

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Judge weighing defenses to VT claims

A circuit court judge appeared skeptical about the plaintiffs’ efforts to overcome sovereign immunity defenses for state officials in the Virginia Tech shooting cases. Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander heard arguments Monday on various defenses raised in two $10-million ...

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Judge weighing defenses to VT claims

A circuit court judge appeared skeptical about the plaintiffs’ efforts to overcome sovereign immunity defenses for state officials in the Virginia Tech shooting cases. Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander heard arguments Monday on various defenses raised in two $10-million ...

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Metastatic melanoma blamed on failure to obtain biopsy – $175,000 Verdict  (access required)

Plaintiff, a 26-year veteran of the District of Columbia police force, saw defendant in 1999 for a new mole on his shoulder and again in 2004 and 2005 after the mole began to bleed. Defendant failed to biopsy the mole ...

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Pressure sore causes sepsis, death of nursing home patient – $413,819 Settlement  (access required)

This case involved various allegations of neglect that caused plaintiff’s decedent to develop a Stage 4 pressure ulcer on her sacrum. The pressure ulcer ultimately caused death by sepsis. Claims included survivorship, wrongful death and punitive damages. Defendants failed to ...

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Supreme Court opinion leads to settlement of infant’s case – $796,000 Settlement  (access required)

Infant plaintiff passenger was ejected from a car that was struck in the rear by defendant. The infant was seriously injured and scarred. Defendant had $296,000 in liability coverage. The major issue in the case was the amount of UIM ...

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Lack of guardrails blamed in death from fall into cistern – $1,260,000 Settlement  (access required)

As the Town of Warrenton was constructing a new visitor center, a 19th-century cistern was uncovered just below ground level directly in front of the center’s front door. The town decided to preserve the cistern by building a 16-inch tall ...

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