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Changes to diagnostic manual will impact litigation (access required)

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Changes in the latest edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic manual are likely to have an impact in the courtroom. The fifth iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – better known as DSM-5 – updated ...

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Whistleblower wins $950,000 (access required)

A whistleblower seeking protection under the anti-retaliation provision of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act won $950,000 in what is believed to be the first trial under the statute in the state. After reporting intentional or fraudulent actions by employees at Midlothian-based ...

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Ambulance driver was texting shortly before fatal collision – $800,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 6, 2012, the decedent was a passenger in a private transport ambulance. The decedent was 82 years old and had undergone an aortic valve replacement at the University of Virginia Medical Center several weeks earlier. On the morning ...

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Experts claim spine surgery would have been inevitable – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was evaluated by his primary care physician for complaints of back pain after a football game. He was referred to defendants for X-rays of the lumbar spine which defendant physician interpreted as normal. Eight months later, another set of ...

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Suit alleges former employee diverted business to competitor – $1,800,000 Settlement (access required)

An IT product solutions reseller brought a six-count complaint against a former employee and the competitor company who hired the former employee, alleging breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, statutory conspiracy to injury Govplace, common law conspiracy, tortious ...

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Risk factors present for experiencing shoulder dystocia during labor – $1,100,000 Settlement (access required)

In April 2010, plaintiff began receiving prenatal care for her first pregnancy. During the course of prenatal care, the history, physical examinations and tests showed the plaintiff had an increased risk for encountering shoulder dystocia during a vaginal delivery, including ...

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Catheter came loose during dialysis, causing stroke, death – $1,700,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 33-year-old mother of three minor children who went for dialysis therapy at the University of Virginia Health System Dialysis Center in Amherst. During the dialysis treatment, a catheter was used to remove blood from the decedent, ...

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Mud run participant suffered neck injury, paralysis – Confidential Settlement (access required)

On May 14, 2010, plaintiff, a 31-year-old Army veteran who was married with two young children, was a participant in the Filthy 5K Mud Run at Brown’s Island in Richmond. Plaintiff, an avid runner, had traveled from his Northern Virginia ...

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Lawyers clash over police checkpoint

A controversial Charlottesville area police checkpoint has sparked a dispute between the local prosecutor and a crusader against overzealous law enforcement. Albemarle County supervisors are caught in the middle as civil rights advocate John W. Whitehead and county Commonwealth’s Attorney ...

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