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P.I. claim can be reopened (access required)

Now-disbarred lawyer lacked ‘authority’ for settlement

In a split with earlier decisions, a Prince William County judge will allow a plaintiff to re-open a personal injury claim settled by a crooked lawyer who apparently pocketed the recovery. The decision by Circuit Judge William D. Hamblen turns aside defenses by two insurance companies that paid a total of $80,000 in the case to ...