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NoVa lawyers using ‘rate chart’ to get fees (access required)

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Attorneys handling complex civil litigation in Northern Virginia are making use of a new benchmark to win higher fee awards from federal judges, including a 2011 award of more than $4 million. U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee has ...

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Plaintiff’s counsel focused on video interviews in death case – $3,000,000 Settlement (access required)

The defendant attempted to make a left turn from a side street onto a four-lane road without yielding to oncoming traffic. Defendant’s sedan hit the rear quarter panel of the passenger side of the victim’s pick-up truck, sending it into ...

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Bile duct injured during gallbladder surgery – $872,454 Verdict (access required)

The defendant performed a cholecystectomy surgery of the plaintiff on Aug. 5, 2009. The operation started as a laparoscopic procedure but was converted to an open procedure because of dense adhesions and unclear anatomy. Over the course of the plaintiff’s ...

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HOA exceeded authority by destroying owner’s improvements – $77,344 Verdict (access required)

A homeowners’ association alleged that a property owner violated restrictive covenants, and took action by tearing out the property owner’s improvements with a trackhoe. The court ruled that the homeowners’ association exceeded its authority under the restrictive covenants and the ...

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FedEx driver bitten by pit bull during home delivery – $90,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, a Federal Express delivery driver, did not get a response after he knocked on the defendants’ front door. As he was completing a door tag, the garage door began opening and he walked towards that door. A pit ...

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High court dodges cat fight (access required)

Henrico County zoning officials may not enforce a notice of violation issued to a woman who cared for feral cats near her home, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled in an Aug. 23 unpublished order in Mills v. Board of ...

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SCV is on the road again (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia’s justices will be on the road this month, looking to add cases to their docket for upcoming court sessions that start again Sept. 9. Writ panels convene in Richmond Aug. 28 to hear 32 petitions ...

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