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$500K in legal fees approved in bias case (access required)

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Although a Norfolk federal court gave a hearing-impaired plaintiff only $40,842 in back pay at the end of years of litigation and a two-week jury trial, the trial judge has awarded her legal team nearly a half-million dollars in attorney’s ...

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Dead Man’s Statute Bars Doctor’s Testimony (access required)

In this case involving a dispute over decedent’s post-surgical use of dual anti-platelet therapy medications, the Richmond Circuit Court grants plaintiff’s motion in limine to exclude defendant physician’s testimony as not sufficiently corroborated to be admissible under the Virginia dead ...

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No Need for Involuntary Manslaughter Jury Instruction (access required)

At defendant’s trial for felony homicide for the fatal shooting of his fiancee’s 10-year-old son, the trial court did not err in rejecting defendant’s proffered jury instruction regarding involuntary manslaughter based on defendant’s assertion that he only brandished the firearm ...

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