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IOLTA Web Poll

In 1995, the General Assembly put an end to mandatory IOLTA for Virginia lawyers. Sixteen years later, supporters of legal services for the poor, including the Virginia Bar Association, are launching a push to revive mandatory Interest on Lawyers’ Trust ...

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2011 Elder Law Section and VAELA Directory

On Feb. 21, Virginia Lawyers Weekly will be publishing a special B-section on Elder Law. The Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys will be the sponsor of this section, which will include a directory of all members of VAELA. The ...

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Westermann v. Bermisa MD and Bermisa & Bermisa PLC (access required)

Type of Case: Personal injury Court: Portsmouth Circuit Court Attorney: Philip J. Geib, Virginia Beach Summary: A 24-year-old man went to the defendant doctor on successive days with complaints of a chest pain and cough. On the second day, he ...

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Shetty MD v. Psychiatric Solutions Inc. and First Hospital Corporation of Virginia Beach (access required)

Type of Case: Premises liability Court: Norfolk Circuit Court Attorneys: Jason J. Ham, Harrisonburg, and John G. Stepanovich, Chesapeake Summary: A 52-year-old psychiatrist was attacked in 2007 by a patient who had been involuntarily committed to Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. ...

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Hardick v. John Crane Inc. (access required)

Type of Case: Product liability Court: Newport News Circuit Court Attorneys: Robert R. Hatten, Newport News Summary: The widow of Robert E. Hardick alleged he contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos when he fabricated and removed asbestos gaskets as a ...

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Randy D. Webb v. Garcia Family Inc. (access required)

Type of Case: Premises liability Court: Richmond Circuit Court Attorneys: H. Aubrey Ford and Irvin V. Cantor, Richmond Summary: A 4-pound ornamental bell fell two feet from a metal stand and struck plaintiff, a patron at a Mexican restaurant, on ...

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Luck v. Boyd Corporation (access required)

Type of Case: Trespass, nuisance Court: Chesterfield County Circuit Court Attorneys: Scott Oostdyk and Lisa Sharp, Richmond Summary: A Chesterfield County couple contended Boyd Corporation had caused excessive water, nutrients and sediments to flow onto their property during construction of ...

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Attard Industries Inc. v. United States Fire Insurance Company (access required)

Type of Case: Claim on payment bond Court: U.S. District Court, Alexandria Attorneys: David Hilton Wise and Jamie P. Lukes, Fairfax Summary: Attard Industries Inc., a sheet metal sub-subcontractor on a project at Dulles International Airport, alleged it was wrongfully ...

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Seaman Doe v. Maersk Line Ltd. (access required)

Type of Case: Failure to provide maintenance and cure due a seaman under maritime law Court: Portsmouth Circuit Court Attorneys: James L. Chapman IV and Steve Stancliff, Norfolk Summary: A steward on a tanker under contract with the Military Sealift ...

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Charles E. Titus v. Joseph A. Backer MD (access required)

Type of Case: Medical malpractice Court: Arlington County Circuit Court Attorneys: Thomas G. Smith and Michael J. Shevlin, Fairfax Summary: The 70-year-old plaintiff had a history of melanoma and his dermatologist ordered periodic CT scans of the chest to detect ...

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