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GMU law school to host Bell-Obenshain debate

Two Virginia legislators seeking the Republican nomination for attorney general will face off this Wednesday. The debate between Delegate Robert B. Bell and Senator Mark D. Obenshain is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the George Mason University law school in ...

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Defense verdict affirmed in child car seat case

Despite the “truly tragic” circumstances of a child’s devastating head injury in a car crash, a federal appeals court panel has upheld a jury verdict denying recovery from the maker of the child’s car seat. Lawyers for Samantha Musick and ...

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Grieving family members sue over handling of bodies

Two Virginia widows are suing for the way businesses have handled remains of their husbands. A Chesapeake woman claims she experienced nightmares and panic attacks after finding another decedent in her husband’s casket when she arrived for a viewing last ...

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Docket Call: Long-time practice offers more than chance to set cases (access required)

Docket court steps duotone

The practice of appearing in person to offer a status report on cases continues almost unchanged in many rural – and some not-so-rural – parts of the state. Younger lawyers in Virginia metropolises may never have been exposed to the ...

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Patient dies after small bowel perforation went undetected – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiffs’ decedent was a 46-year-old mother of five.  She underwent a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (“LSH”), a procedure where the uterus is removed but the cervix is preserved, in October 2009.  During the procedure, defendant gynecological surgeon caused a 5 ...

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Judge dismisses much of torture suit against CACI

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge has dealt a severe blow to a long-running torture lawsuit filed against military contractor CACI by four Iraqis who say they suffered abuse at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. At a hearing in U.S. District ...

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State won’t privatize sex offender program

(AP)  Virginia has rejected bids by two companies to operate a state facility that detains violent sex offenders for treatment after their sentences are completed. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that state officials who evaluated the proposals thought ...

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Two Arlington execs plead guilty in $30M fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Chief executives at two Arlington contracting firms have pleaded guilty to more than $30 million in contract fraud by falsely presenting a company as a minority-owned business. Dawn Hamilton, the nominal president and CEO of Security Assistance Corp., ...

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