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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Hummer hits motor scooter, kills operator in Chesapeake – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

On May 30, 2009, plaintiff’s decedent was operating her motor scooter on a city roadway in Chesapeake. The defendant, age 16, was driving a Hummer/H3 and pulled out in front of decedent’s scooter. The resulting collision caused her death. Prior ...

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Experts agree on need for surgery for injury from low-impact crash – $350,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 42-year-old male, was on his way to a doctor’s appointment for chronic low back pain when he was rear-ended by the defendant. Defendant was employed by Donegal Mutual Insurance Company and was driving a company car on her ...

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No autism link, appellate panel finds

A second panel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit today upheld a special master’s finding that there is no connection between autism and a mercury-based preservative in the measles-mumps rubella vaccine. The first panel issued its opinion ...

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Hate letter brings $545,000 verdict in neo-Nazi case

A group of tenants attacked in a letter from Roanoke white supremacist Bill White has won a jury verdict against White and his American National Socialist Workers Party in a federal civil trial. The jury awarded compensatory damages of $265,000 ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery – Attorney-Client Privilege – HOA Documents (access required)

In this dispute between condo owners and the owners’ association’s board of directors over designation of parking spaces, a Fairfax Circuit Court denies plaintiff owners’ motion to compel the directors to produce documents relating to any communications between the HOA, ...

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Contract – Nursing Home Care – Third-Party Liability (access required)

A nursing home cannot recover costs of care for a resident admitted to the home under an agreement signed by defendant under a general power of attorney for the resident; a Fairfax Circuit Court says defendant signed as the resident’s ...

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Criminal – Failure To Appear – Felony Indictment – Dismissal (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court dismisses defendant’s indictment for failure to appear on a felony because he already was convicted of contempt of court for his failure to return for continuation of his burglary trial after the lunch recess. In addition ...

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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – Damages – Evidence (access required)

In this lawsuit by a South Korean minister and his family who claim defendant lawyer’s legal malpractice in handling their immigration case meant the family had to return to South Korea and lose wages, housing and educational opportunities, a Fairfax ...

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Employment – Loyalty Duty – Sales Contacts – Trade Secrets (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court says a medical equipment salesman who inadvertently took a contacts list and a vendors list as he copied his personal files onto a flash drive before starting a job with a competitor did not breach a ...

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