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Philip C. Baxa (access required)

Philip Clark Baxa, a partner in the Richmond-based law firm of Sands Anderson, died from a heart attack on Nov. 23. He was 55. Mr. Baxa graduated from the University of Virginia and earned his law degree at the University ...

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Tractor-trailer rear ends car, kills passenger – $3,500,000 Settlement (access required)

A commercial driver in a tractor-trailer rear-ended a passenger vehicle on Interstate 64 in Norfolk on Dec. 17, 2009. Plaintiff’s decedent was a passenger in the car being operated by a friend who was driving slowly after a tire problem. ...

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Woman suffers eye injuries, has cornea, retinal surgery – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff is a 53-year-old female accountant who sustained severe injuries to her right eye. She underwent a superficial keratectomy or excision of a portion of the cornea approximately two months after the injury. A few weeks later, the plaintiff ...

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Earlier disabilities complicate valuation of injuries to spine – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was stopped in traffic when he was rear-ended by a truck. Prior to the accident, the plaintiff was already disabled with long-term depression and orthopedic issues, and he had very limited part-time employment. Causation of his post-accident condition, and ...

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Mentally retarded woman injured when cab strikes van – $957,250 Settlement (access required)

In July 2008, Tawanda Howard was injured when a Black and White Cab operated by defendant Jorge Roberto Rodriguez struck a van on Military Highway in Chesapeake. Tawanda suffered from mental retardation and cerebral palsy and was disabled before the ...

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What to do about Mom? Mediation may be the answer (access required)

Mom was in her 90s when she started having blackout episodes. Her oldest daughter, who lived two hours away, was adamant that her mother could no longer be left alone in her own home. But Mom didn’t want to move ...

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Settlement sessions are going high-tech (access required)

Savvy attorneys are using technology to speed settlement talks and mediation sessions. Many attorneys come to trial with flashy PowerPoint presentations, but will sit down at ADR sessions with only pens and paper. That’s changing, however, as attorneys realize that ...

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Leaving well enough alone (access required)

Once you’ve been granted a writ from the Supreme Court, don’t change the wording of the assignments of error in your next round of briefing. That’s the clear message from the high court, which dismissed four of five assignments in ...

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Find out who’s trying to get a writ (access required)

If one of your colleagues is missing on Tuesday, you might find that he’s in Richmond before a three-justice panel of the Supreme Court of Virginia. For the first time, the Supreme Court has published the list of cases at ...

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