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Million Dollar Settlements

Attorneys reported 37 million-dollar settlements to Virginia Lawyers Weekly in 2010, one more than in 2009. Personal injury cases dominated the list, with 28 settlements in that category, including seven medical malpractice cases and two products liability cases. Six cases ...

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Hampton Roads has issues with appointed guardians, too (access required)

Dear Editor: Thank you for your article on the decision of Northern Virginia judges to exercise more control over the appointment of guardians ad litem for minors, who have become “too cozy” with insurance companies in infant settlement cases (VLW, ...

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Judge James B. Wilkinson (access required)

James B. Wilkinson, a former Richmond commonwealth’s attorney and a circuit judge in the city for 31 years, died Jan. 26 after a long illness. He was 84. A native of Richmond, where he was a captain in the cadet ...

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Former prosecutor says that the feds set him up (access required)

A Winchester lawyer and former prosecutor accused of drug use and evidence tampering has taken the offensive in his case, claiming he is a victim of prosecutorial misconduct. Paul H. Thomson has asked a judge to dismiss the indictment and ...

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Common ground sought on foreclosure reform (access required)

Bankers and consumer advocates were negotiating last week to see if a deal might produce some form of foreclosure reform in this year’s General Assembly. Foreclosure reform bills foundered in the House of Delegates just days after a diverse group ...

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Construction zone collision causes brain injury – $1,600,000 Settlement (access required)

A wreck occurred as the plaintiff, a 52-year-old executive, was driving northbound on Dumfries Road in Fairfax County, a divided primary highway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour. A landscaping company truck pulled out from a side ...

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Teenager paralyzed during surgery for sunken chest – $5,000,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was 16 years old when he underwent pectus excavatum surgery on Jan. 30, 2007, to correct a congenital deformity of the chest wall. During the surgery, the defendant provided anesthesia care. Plaintiff claimed that his blood pressure dropped extremely ...

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