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Robert R. Hatten (access required)

In 2007, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld a $3.4 million award to the family of a Newport News shipyard worker who died from malignant mesothelioma, a disease caused by exposure to asbestos. The Newport News lawyer who won the ...

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Prior plea agreement bars murder charge (access required)

A drug defendant’s murder conviction has been reversed because his earlier plea agreement barred his prosecution for the murder. Interpreting language in a standard plea agreement, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 4 in U.S. v. Jordan ...

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Santoro named bankruptcy judge (access required)

Frank J. Santoro has been named a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, to replace David H. Adams who will retire Jan. 2, 2008, upon the completion of his term of appointment. Santoro is expected to ...

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Homeowners group soaked (access required)

Roanoke couple who wanted a hot tub at their new home thought they had all their bases covered before they began building. When Michael and Amy Hovis bought one of the last lots in Parkway Place, a subdivision in southwest ...

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Tree rule uprooted (access required)

Overruling a 68-year-old precedent, the Supreme Court of Virginia has uprooted a rule that limited a neighbor’s remedies when confronted by the tree next door. In Fancher v. Fagella (VLW 007-6-098), Richard Fancher sued townhouse neighbor Joseph Fagella, alleging that ...

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Fair Credit claim wins $100K in punitives (access required)

A credit reporting agency has to pay a consumer $100,000 in punitive damages for failing to reinvestigate false information in a consumer credit report. On Aug. 27, a Richmond federal district court denied Trans Union LLC’s post-verdict motions seeking to ...

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