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Richmond Jury Awards $2.49M To Quadriplegic (access required)

Botched back surgery that resulted in a 56-year-old-man’s paralysis prompted a Richmond jury to award the man $2.49 million in a second trial, according to the man’s attorney. The December verdict, the third-highest medical malpractice award of 2001, has been ...

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$4 Million Death Verdict Sets New Virginia Record (access required)

A Norfolk jury has awarded $4 million to the family of a 10-year-old boy struck and killed while riding his bicycle. It is believed to be the highest wrongful-death verdict in Virginia history. Norfolk attorneys Robert L. Mills and C. ...

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Statements By SANE Were Too Close To 'Ultimate Fact' (access required)

A rape conviction must be reversed because of a sexual assault nurse examiner’s testimony on the crucial issue of consent, according to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The nurse expert could testify about the nature of the girl’s genital injuries, ...

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Wrongful – Death Verdicts Among Largest Of 2001 (access required)

The conventional wisdom among some Virginia lawyers is that a wrongful-death case isn’t worth very much when it goes to a jury. But that view may need changing. In a survey of the commonwealth’s largest jury verdicts from 2001, about ...

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IP Verdicts Also Among State's Largest In 2001 (access required)

Marking what intellectual-property lawyers described as a “trend,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly‘s survey of the Largest Verdicts of 2001 shows that Virginia juries made three of the biggest awards — including the largest, a $116 million Norfolk verdict — in IP ...

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Bankruptcy Clock Starts Ticking At First Meeting (access required)

Where a trustee’s office rescheduled the initial creditors’ meeting at the debtor’s lawyer’s request, then held the meeting on the original date for the purpose of continuing the proceeding, that first date starts the five-day clock ticking for the filing ...

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Cyberterrorists Attack Web Cam In Wise County (access required)

High-tech terrorism came to rural Wise County when an anonymous, possibly foreign, hacker left an obscene message against the United States government on the county’s circuit-court webcam. J. Jack Kennedy Jr., clerk of the circuit court and the driving force ...

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Study: More Jail Time With Appointed Counsel (access required)

A defendant represented by a court-appointed attorney in Virginia is likely to receive a longer sentence than one represented by a public defender, a new study suggests. At the behest of the Virginia State Crime Commission, the Center for Public ...

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Lapsed Security Interest Won't 'Relate Back' (access required)

Secured creditors cannot look to Virginia’s “relation back” provision to cure a lapsed security interest, a circuit judge has ruled in a case of first impression. Aiming to establish priority over a competitor, the creditors contended that the relation back ...

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MDP Merits Debated Before Roanoke Bar (access required)

ROANOKE — Let the market decide, or buyer beware? In short, those were the opposing positions taken by attorneys debating the merits of multidisciplinary practice in Virginia at last week’s meeting of the Roanoke Bar Association. On one side was ...

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