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Celebrating 2010 (access required)

Go to a bar meeting, and you might hear it. Go to a holiday party, and you might hear it. Stop for a quick chat on a street corner, and you might hear it. You might have to piece together ...

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Thawing the judicial freeze may be hard (access required)

Lobbyists know that legislators pay attention to pain. There’s plenty of pain to go around these days, as members of Virginia’s General Assembly gird their loins for the start to the 2011 legislative session. Lawyers who want to get legislators’ ...

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Patient attacks psychiatrist in Va. Beach hospital – $5,350,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a psychiatrist, was attacked in March 2007 by a mental patient who thought plaintiff has stolen his Quran. The attack occurred at the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center, a 100-bed, 300-employee hospital. The assailant approached plaintiff twice immediately before the ...

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Passenger suffers brain injury in crash caused by drunken driver – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck head-on by an intoxicated driver. The emergency room medical records showed the victim sustained a concussion, a loss of consciousness, and total amnesia concerning the crash. The attending physician’s ...

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Supreme Court affirms grant of summary judgment (access required)

You can win a case on summary judgment and have the Supreme Court of Virginia affirm your victory after all. The high court apparently wasn’t anxious to publicize its decision, however, because it came down yesterday in an unpublished order ...

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Law firm records subpoena quashed (access required)

A lawyer ordered to produce documents to bar disciplinary officials managed to whittle down their demand from several years’ worth of records to a single receipt. The receipt, which Wise County lawyer R. Stuart Collins was ordered to produce within ...

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Traffic Offenses – DUI – ‘Highway’ – Public Access (access required)

Based on an aerial photograph and detailed description of the parking lot with through access, open to the public, the area where defendant was operating his motor vehicle was a “highway” under Virginia law, and defendant can be convicted of ...

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Employment – Municipal – Grievance – City Groundskeeper (access required)

A city groundskeeper may grieve termination of his employment for not having a commercial driver’s license, but a grievance panel may not grant the back pay or alternative placement requested by petitioner, it may only award a modified remedy, says ...

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