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Asbestos case tried under maritime and wrongful death law – $9,182,906 Verdict (access required)

A 68-year-old retired shipyard worker died from mesothelioma, which was allegedly caused by his use of John Crane Inc.’s asbestos gaskets and packing at the Newport News Shipyard, where he worked as a pipefitter and pipefitter foreman from 1962 to ...

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International exchange student injured in single vehicle crash – $50,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 17-year-old German exchange student living in Richmond, was a rear-seated passenger in automobile, operated by a friend with several other foreign student passengers. The car driven by the young defendant ran off the road for no reason, and ...

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Attorney is dead after traffic wreck

A prominent Roanoke lawyer was pronounced dead after a three-car wreck Sunday night on a narrow road north of Salem. Richard Lee Lawrence, 74, a well-known criminal lawyer in Roanoke, was reported killed in a crash on U.S. Route 311. ...

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Court’s remote-access system adding circuits

A lawyer needing a last-minute look at a document in the court file used to have to rush over to the courthouse and hurriedly review the papers before a hearing. Now, thanks to a program started by the Supreme Court ...

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Writ denied in contract for inheritance (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has refused to hear an appeal in a case where a daughter overturned her father’s will and stands to inherit nearly $2 million under a 15-year-old contract between her parents for her benefit. A Hanover ...

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