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Jim Reid can still remember the place where it hit him. Standing in his Tennessee Oilers uniform on the busy sidelines of the Buffalo Bills’ Rich Stadium as the snow drifted down, he could hardly believe it. “I could almost ...

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Meath Becomes President Of Virginia Bar Association (access required)

Richmond lawyer James V. Meath is ready for the day when nobody confuses the Virginia Bar Association with the Virginia State Bar. “I told a colleague the other day, I’d love to eliminate the people that come up to you ...

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Senate Panel OKs Med-Mal Omnibus (access required)

As the old saying goes, when both sides walk away unhappy, you know there’s been a good settlement. After a year of hard work and testimony before the joint subcommittee created by last year’s Senate Bill 601 to study risk ...

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Pair Wins Record Verdicts For Race Discrimination (access required)

Two black trash collectors have been awarded $2.6 million each in a race discrimination case in Alexandria federal court; the awards apparently set the Virginia record for an individual’s verdict in a race case. The jury found that their supervisors ...

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When Lawyers (And Staff) Need A Helping Hand (access required)

Jane was a legal assistant in good standing at a big firm. She was well respected by her employers and peers and heading down the path of a respectable career. But there was only one problem: Jane was an alcoholic. ...

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Efficiency, Results Are Keys To Dealing With Experts (access required)

Nobody ever said paralegals have it easy, especially in medical malpractice cases—where one wrong move can spell disaster. At a recent paralegal seminar in Richmond sponsored by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, a pair of experienced paralegal veterans delivered tips ...

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Death Case From Richmond Jail Mediated For $670,000 (access required)

The family of a man who died of bacterial meningitis contracted in the Richmond City Jail recently gained $670,000 in the mediation of a complex civil litigation case alleging wrongful death, civil rights violations and medical malpractice. The case settled ...

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Joint Med-Mal Study Panel Narrows Recommendations (access required)

Doctors and lawyers met recently for the last time in 2004 to discuss problems with the current medical malpractice system in Virginia and agreed on one thing: some changes need to happen soon. The joint subcommittee studying risk management plans ...

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Case To Test Law On 'Writ Of Actual Innocence' (access required)

A Roanoke County man in prison for sexual assault based on the testimony of an 11-year-old girl who has since recanted is petitioning to win his freedom under a change to the Virginia Code. Virginia’s 21-day rule traditionally had prohibited ...

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Williamsburg Jury Returns Record Award In Racial Assault (access required)

A Williamsburg jury has awarded $850,000—believed to be the record jury verdict for the circuit—to a plaintiff who received a head injury from a racially motivated assault in 1994. Newport News lawyer Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr., counsel for the ...

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