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Richmond’s Murray Janus remembered

Murray J. Janus, a Richmond criminal defense lawyer for 50 years, died Saturday at age 74. Mr. Janus was the former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the John Marshall Inn of Court. His death was ...

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Radiologist failed to diagnose renal cancer in early stage – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, a 58-year-old woman, presented to the emergency room on April 12, 2008, with complaints of abdominal and chest pain. The treating emergency room physician ordered an abdominal/ pelvic CT scan with contrast, and specified a suspected appendicitis as ...

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Buyer lost access to public road (access required)

A fight over an easement left one owner with restricted access to a public road, as the Supreme Court of Virginia said the easement had been extinguished by a prior owner’s purchase of both parcels. The 35-foot wide easement was ...

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Court split over builder’s contract recovery (access required)

In Smith v. Owens, the Supreme Court reversed a judgment for a home builder against a woman who had not signed a contract she and the co-owner allegedly jointly negotiated with the builder. Both owners, Walter Smith and Sarah Hill, ...

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Legal pleadings faulted in shoulder dystocia case (access required)

A mother’s defective legal pleadings prevented her birth-injured daughter from suing for medical malpractice, because the mother joined her daughter’s claim to the mother’s own claim. The suit alleged injuries from shoulder dystocia during the child’s birth on Jan. 1, ...

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Senate approves raising judge retirement age

The Virginia Senate has again approved raising the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 73. The vote on Senate Bill 740 in the full Senate was 30-to-10 Friday morning. The Senate approved a similar measure last year, but ...

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Fellowship, 2013 edition

WILLIAMSBURG–The Virginia Law Foundation inducted 17 Virginia lawyers last night as its 2013 Class of Fellows. The VLF holds its induction dinner each year in connection with the Virginia Bar Association winter meeting. Members of the Class of 2013 are: ...

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No CGL Coverage for Sub’s Poor Work (access required)

Homeowners alleging a subcontractor’s defective workmanship caused damage to otherwise nondefective structures do not have coverage for an “occurrence” under a commercial general liability policy, and a Chesterfield Circuit Court grants summary judgment to defendant insurance carrier on the breach ...

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