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Civil Procedure – Complaint – Lawyer Signature – No Virginia License (access required)

A Virginia lawyer may not validly authorize a lawyer licensed elsewhere, but not in Virginia, to sign the Virginia lawyer’s name to a pleading, and because the defect may not be cured by amendment, the Supreme Court upholds dismissal of ...

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Civil Procedure – Complaint – Pro Se Litigant – Lawyer Signature – No Virginia License (access required)

A pro se plaintiff attempting to litigate an auto-accident personal injury case cannot file a complaint signed with his signature, at his direction, by a lawyer licensed to practice in Washington, D.C., but not in Virginia, and the Supreme Court ...

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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – Late Transcripts – Ski Injury – Law Of The Case (access required)

Wintergreen Resort cannot claim legal malpractice against a law firm that forfeited Wintergreen’s appeal of an $8.3 million verdict in a skier’s personal injury case when the firm did not timely file transcripts, the Supreme Court of Virginia says; the ...

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‘New media, new ethics, new selves?’

Security cameras in stores. Employees recording conversations with their bosses. Cameras that catch red-light runners. Police putting GPS devices on vehicles. We live in a “surveillance society,” according to Professor Charles Ess, who spoke Sept. 20 at an ethics symposium ...

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Two of a kind?

When The Washington Post writes about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, one wants to take the story with a grain of salt. Maybe even a shaker. You get the idea that Cuccinelli’s brand of in-your-face activist conservatism doesn’t play very well ...

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Woman sterilized in error after delivery of third child – $490,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff delivered her third child by cesarean section, and following the delivery, her obstetrician tied her tubes without her knowledge or consent. Two days later while the plaintiff was still in the hospital, the same obstetrician ordered Depo-Provera, a shot ...

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Trucker suffers shoulder injury in collision with another rig – $185,000 Verdict (access required)

Liability was admitted in this accident, which involved two tractor-trailers. The defendant driver was never found. Plaintiff refused EMT transport to stay with his dog. Plaintiff’s medical specials totaled $45,950.63. He claimed lost wages of $8,500. Plaintiff suffered subacromial impingement, ...

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Plastic surgery patient dies from aspiration pneumonia – $1,950,000 Verdict (access required)

The case involved the death of a 36-year-old mother of four after elective, cosmetic plastic surgery, which comprised breast augmentation and mastopexy, abdominoplasty and liposuction, with five hours of general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Plaintiff contended that the defendants ...

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