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Patient suffered burns during unsupervised smoke break – $1,280,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a wheelchair-bound nursing home patient who suffered from psychosis, left side paralysis due to a stroke, a fractured left hip, total left arm contractors, a bad back, left side neuropathy, impaired field of vision and partial immobility. He ...

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Caseload study is published

A study of judicial caseloads says Virginia needs more judges. The Supreme Court of Virginia has posted the eagerly awaited comparison of Virginia trial judges’ caseloads performed by the National Center for State Courts. “The NCSC strongly recommends that the ...

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Jury rewards verdict in excess of auto insurance coverage – $350,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, who was 38 at the time of the accident, was stopped at a stop light when she was struck from behind by an elderly driver. The plaintiff suffered a torn patella tendon that was not diagnosed until three ...

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Hingeley to succeed Gulotta on Bar Council

Charlottesville public defender James M. Hingeley Jr. will take the place of legal aid attorney Alex R. Gulotta on the Virginia State Bar Council as Gulotta prepares for a move to San Francisco at the end of the year. Gulotta ...

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Withdrawal Request Denied After Extra Motions (access required)

A Lynchburg U.S. District Court denies counsel’s “Emergency Motion to Withdraw as Attorney” for defendant, without prejudice; although failure to pay fees may provide good cause to move to withdraw, defense counsel continued to file motions after moving to withdraw. ...

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‘Common Interest’ Privilege Protects Docs (access required)

A Lynchburg U.S. District Court overrules plaintiff’s objections to the magistrate judge’s order requiring production of 30 documents withheld on the basis of the common interest privilege asserted by a non-party to this matter. Plaintiff asserts that non-party Crane & ...

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FDCPA Suit Stays in Federal Court (access required)

A Charlottesville U.S. District Court denies plaintiff’s motion to amend her complaint alleging violations of federal and state law arising from defendant mortgage company’s 130 debt-collection calls that disrupted her home-based business and included harassment by defendant’s agent, but the ...

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