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You can hate the ranking game, but be a player (access required)

Legal rankings often elicit strong reactions from attorneys. I had a lawyer tell me he planned to call one publication to tell it to remove his name from the list, and another said she was embarrassed because she was unranked. ...

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Child born with cerebral palsy after labor complications – $1,850,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff went into labor at home with a midwife who had a close association with an obstetrician for 30 years. At 5:00 a.m., the midwife did a sterile vaginal exam revealing that plaintiff had progressed to eight-nine centimeters, 90 percent ...

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Log dropped on trucker’s foot – $75,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a Hampton truck driver, was picking up a load of logs to transport. The logging company employee did not properly hoist a log, and dropped it on the trucker’s foot. The trucker suffered a fractured ankle, which required ...

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Patient suffered injuries after gynecological surgery – $390,000 Settlement (access required)

The patient, age 51, first became aware she may have a gynecologic problem when she noticed a bulge in her vagina. The defendant gynecologist assessed her as having cystocele and rectocele. The doctor recommended that the patient have a Tension ...

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Conservator on the hook for assisted living rent (access required)

Even though a family member with a power of attorney was listed as the “Financially Responsible Person” on an assisted living contract, the home could sue the resident’s appointed conservator for overdue rent payments, a divided Supreme Court holds in ...

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Good guy: Sharon Tatum

Sharon Tatum spent nearly 27 years working at the Virginia Law Foundation, much of that time as its executive director. Her last day with the VLF was Aug. 31 – she is making a career move. This fall, she is ...

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