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C’ville jury gives $10.5M in wrongful death case (access required)

A Charlottesville jury has awarded more than $10.5 million to family members of a woman fatally injured when a concrete mixer truck fell on her car in 2007. The award ranks among the largest in Virginia arising from a death ...

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Facebook ‘sideshow’ no distraction, lawyer says (access required)

The fight over a wrongful death plaintiff’s Facebook page led to an ugly discovery dispute, with sanctions for the plaintiff’s lawyer for accusing opposing counsel of “hacking” and a spoliation claim for the plaintiff’s deletion of photos from his Facebook ...

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Congress set to pass two-year patch for estate tax (access required)

WASHINGTON – For years, estate-planning attorneys have been aiming at a moving target, as they faced uncertain laws that literally changed from year to year until the federal estate tax disappeared completely in 2010. “I’ve never seen anything like it ...

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Court halts local government hearings (access required)

Acting with uncommon speed, the Supreme Court of Virginia this month ordered a halt to two planned local government hearings in Prince William County. The unusual order, staying appeals to the county board of zoning appeals and board of supervisors, ...

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Criminal – Discovery – Subpoena – City Police Records (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court quashes defendant’s subpoena duces tecum to the supervisor of records for the Manassas City Police Department for records relating to a Prince William County police case record. There is no general constitutional right of discovery ...

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Criminal – Discovery Sanctions – Delayed Production (access required)

Although the government continued to provide recordings of interviews and 850 pages of discovery from the city after the government had offered assurances that it had produced all relevant documents required under the court’s discovery order, an Alexandria U.S. District ...

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Consumer Protection – Mortgage Foreclosure – TILA – Notice (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court grants defendant foreclosure company’s motion to dismiss a homeowner’s suit under the Truth in Lending Act and other federal consumer protection statutes, seeking to prevent foreclosure on her McLean condominium, as plaintiff failed to provide ...

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Civil Procedure – Res Judicata – Contract Claim – Canadian Case (access required)

A Virginia M&A company that already lost its Canadian suit seeking compensation for its services attempting to broker a sale of defendant Canadian aerospace company’s turbine subsidiary, cannot sue on the same allegations and claims for breach of contract and ...

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Medical Malpractice – Failure To Diagnose – Cancer – Reconsideration (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court denies reconsideration of its decision granting summary judgment to defendant healthcare providers in plaintiff’s suit alleging defendants twice diagnosed her with genital warts when in fact she had genital cancer. Earlier, the court held that ...

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Insurance – Policy Coverage – Hospital Roof – Harmful Vapors – Pollution Exclusion (access required)

A CGL carrier has a duty to defend a roofing contractor in a lawsuit filed by a medical assistant at Sentara Hospital, who alleges injuries from harmful vapors from the contractor’s work on the hospital roof; a Norfolk U.S. District ...

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