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He left his heart in Katy, Texas

A Texas appellate court has upheld $250,000 in sanctions against a hospital that apparently misplaced the heart of a patient who died while being treated for kidney stones. The patient’s family sued Christus St. Catherine Hospital in Katy for malpractice.  ...

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Ponzi penalties upheld

Before Bernard Madoff, there was Terry Dowdell. Dowdell began operating his Ponzi scheme in 1998, through his Vavasseur Corporation. The feds began investigating in 2001, Vavasseur went into receivership and Dowdell’s asserts were frozen. He pleaded guilty to securities and ...

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Murder defendant takes a powder, again

A Hanover County judge will have to decide what to do about a Mechanicsville man who collapsed and was hospitalized for the second time while on trial for the killing of his girlfriend. It was March when Derek Burkhead first ...

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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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