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Kathy Gear Owens (access required)

Kathy Gear Owens, a sole practitioner and a former substitute judge in Hampton, died Feb. 18 from cancer. She was 52. The daughter of a former Hampton mayor, Ms. Owens was a graduate of the University of Richmond and the ...

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Kinser presides over Supreme Court’s argument week (access required)

Cynthia D. Kinser began her first argument session as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia today by asking for a moment of silence for her predecessor, Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr., who died barely a week after Kinser ...

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Who’s got the power?

Mediators will tell you one of the key questions to ask before a mediation session is, “Who’s going to be there?” It’s vitally important to have someone at the session who has the authority to settle the case, if the ...

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Recusal can be a touchy moment for a lawyer (access required)

It can be a ticklish and touchy moment for a lawyer: the judge in a case has a conflict and needs to pass the file to a colleague. But whether, and how, to ask a judge to recuse herself can ...

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Disagreement reigned as 2011 assembly was coming to close (access required)

The General Assembly neared the end of its 2011 regular session with budget conferees still in disagreement over how to address a freeze in filling circuit and district judicial vacancies and on Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s proposal to raid Virginia ...

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Fractured teeth, bulging disk caused by rear-end collision -$500,000 Verdict (access required)

On Aug. 27, 2009, 26-year-old Joe Jackson was rear-ended when stopped on Route 22 in Louisa County while waiting for the car in front of him to turn left. A Virginia Propane truck was traveling at 45 mph before the ...

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Motorist suffers radiculopathy from crash at intersection – $200,000 Verdict (access required)

This was intersection accident in which the defendant ran a red light and broadsided the plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff was taken to the emergency room and discharged. The X-rays were negative. Plaintiff followed up 10 days later with a primary care ...

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Patient, doctor dispute complaints, symptoms related to chest infection – $475,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a middle-aged man in good health, awoke one night with chills and body aches. Plaintiff was seen by defendants the following day. On that initial visit, plaintiff was offered a chest X-ray, but declined. Defendants prescribed amoxicillin and sent ...

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Assembly funds judgeships

The General Assembly recessed tonight until April 4 after approving a budget that includes money to fill 21 judgeships that the legislature froze in its 2010 session. The legislature also rejected the proposal of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell that it ...

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Most judicial vacancies, VSB budget restored

The initial word from the Senate Finance Committee staff is that House and Senate budget conferees have agreed to appropriate $3.72 million to fill judicial vacancies, to leave the Virginia State Bar budget intact and to fund the state’s drug ...

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