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Failure to detect heart condition nets record verdict in Hampton – $25,000,000 Verdict (access required)

On the morning of Jan. 31, 2010, the plaintiff, Christopher Denton (then age 37), experienced a sudden onset of chest pain, shortness of breath, sweating and jaw pain. His wife called 911 and he was taken to Riverside Walter Reed ...

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Announcer settles claim after ‘Crushtation’ accident – $675,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was the announcer at a monster truck show, and was run over by the front left wheel of a truck called “Crushstation” (shaped like an oversized lobster on huge wheels). Plaintiff alleged that he was caught in a pinch ...

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Actual innocence reform bill passes legislature

The General Assembly last week gave final approval to the bill designed to remove a linguistic barrier to exoneration for those wrongly convicted in Virginia. House Bill 1432 – if signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell – will change the standard ...

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Assembly trims judge funding plans

The budget approved by the General Assembly Saturday provides money for unfreezing only five extra judgeships in addition to the 15 proposed in Gov. Bob McDonnell’s proposal. Earlier this month, the House and Senate introduced budget plans that were far ...

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Contract ‘legal costs’ did not mean fees

A contract calling for payment of “legal costs” did not authorize a trial court to award attorney’s fees, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has held. On Feb. 19, the appeals court vacated an award of $547,518 that included ...

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Med-mal plaintiff gets another chance

A federal appeals court has reversed dismissal of a medical malpractice suit filed by a man who claimed he was harmed when he participated in a cocaine research study sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Charlottesville U.S. District Judge Glen ...

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Loudoun judge approves predictive coding results (access required)

In the first case to approve the use of predictive coding over a party’s objection, a Loudoun Circuit Court judge has signed off on the defense’s computer-assisted review results in a document-heavy case. Computer-assisted review made headlines over the past ...

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