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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Facing a criminal trial, contractor settles claims

When a general contractor failed to pay subcontractors on a retail construction project, the Stafford County Commonwealth’s Attorney brought the contractor up on criminal fraud charges. Facing an imminent jury trial, the contractor now has agreed to pay out a ...

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Scalia to speak at UR

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the University of Richmond’s Orator-in-Residence this year, will speak at the Jepson Alumni Center at noon on Nov. 19. His topic will be “Do Words Matter?” and he will sign copies of a book ...

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Arrest of family leads to $72-million lawsuit

An officer who stopped a man for speeding ended up wrongfully arresting and jailing the man’s entire family, mostly for obstruction of justice, according to a lawsuit targeting the police in Saltville. The lawsuit filed by Larry Jackson describes an ...

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Medical Malpractice – Expert Witness – Thoracic Surgeon – Medical Procedure (access required)

A Roanoke U.S. District Court says no to a med-mal plaintiff’s expert witness; although the proffered thoracic surgeon may be familiar with the standard of care for the specific medical procedure at issue, repair of an aortic aneurysm, he has ...

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Civil Rights – Excessive Force – Arrest – Qualified Immunity (access required)

An Abingdon U.S. District Court says a Buchanan County deputy has qualified immunity from this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 suit filed by a plaintiff who alleges the deputy used excessive force when he took plaintiff by the arm to handcuff ...

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Employment – ERISA – Long-Term Disability – Back Injury (access required)

ERISA cases involve complex medical issues and district courts have flexibility to augment records when necessary, says an Abingdon U.S. District Court, as it orders remand of a 56-year-old hospital administrator’s claim for long-term disability benefits after her fourth spinal ...

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Insurance – Arbitration Clause – Personal Injury Claims (access required)

A Lynchburg U.S. District Court grants defendant insurance companies’ motion to stay proceedings pending arbitration of this declaratory judgment action filed by plaintiff insured, the manufacturer of an oral sodium phosphate colon-cleansing product that has prompted over 1,000 personal injury ...

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