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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Criminal – Grand Jury Subpoena – Civil Contempt – Corporate Documents (access required)

A group of corporations suspected of financing terrorist activity that refused to turn over documents pursuant to a grand jury subpoena has findings of civil contempt upheld by the 4th Circuit. The twelve interrelated corporations in this case refused to ...

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Peninsula Women’s Bar to host charity gala March 24 (access required)

The Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association will host its annual Charity Gala on March 24 at the Point Plaza Conference Center in Newport News. The gala, which will benefit a number of local charities for women and children, will be ...

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McDonnell issues executive directive on discrimination (access required)

Gov. Bob McDonnell directed state agencies not to discriminate against gay people in employment practices Wednesday, essentially overriding the Virginia attorney general’s advice to public colleges. The governor issued the written directive as about 200 gay-rights activists swarmed the Capitol ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Jan. 13, a three-judge panel in Norfolk Circuit Court issued a public reprimand with terms to Joseph A. Pennington for violating the disciplinary rule that governs diligence. Pennington twice failed to timely file a motion for reduction of a ...

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Advocates, agency urge safer window blind cords (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) When 3-year-old Brandyn Coppedge became entangled on a window blind cord, it took less than a minute for the toddler to strangle. His father says the safety device designed to prevent such a tragedy had broken, but the ...

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Lawyer questions new ‘interactive’ CLE rule (access required)

Dear Editor: Let me understand this. The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board will now require that four hours of mandatory CLE be “interactive.” This change is said “to reflect concern about the decline over the last five years of attendance ...

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Insurance for tow truck key to resolution of case – $675,000 Settlement (access required)

This claim arose out of an accident involving a minivan being struck by a flat-bed tow truck. The plaintiff, a 14-month old infant, sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, which necessitated multiple hospitalizations and treatment and caused permanent physical and ...

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Misplaced staple during surgery blocks blood flow, causes death – $775,000 Settlement (access required)

On Aug. 30, 2007, the plaintiff’s decedent, age 76, underwent surgery to remove his right kidney. During the surgery, the defendant stapled the vena cava just above the left renal vein, preventing normal blood flow to the remaining kidney. Two ...

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Pulmonary embolism develops after disk surgery from crash – $275,000 Settlement (access required)

This case stemmed from a low-impact motor vehicle accident that caused disk herniation on C6-7. Plaintiff had a severe heart condition and delayed undergoing surgery for two years. After surgery, the plaintiff suffered a pulmonary embolism that required over $90,000 ...

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Off-duty policewoman’s back injured in rear-end collision – $165,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a 37-year-old police officer with a local police department. The accident occurred in April 2007 when she was on her way home from an off-duty private security job. As she was approaching the intersection of Belvidere and Broad ...

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