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Best Buy hit with $5.225M Verdict

A Newport News jury has awarded $5,225,000 to a man who was injured after a retailer’s forklift ran over his foot. On July 22, 2006, Michael Chavis was at a Best Buy store in Newport News looking at a television ...

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‘Spanky’ gets two-and-a-half years behind bars

Former restaurateur and eccentric Roanoke businessman Roland “Spanky” Macher got a stern lecture as a federal judge imposed a 30-month sentence for fraud. Macher was charged with failing to pay taxes, making false statements in bankruptcy court and illegally obtaining ...

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Deals reportedly reached for some trial judgeships

The General Assembly is expected to fill circuit court openings in Virginia Beach and on the Eastern Shore during today’s meeting. Disagreements between Democratic and Republican lawmakers had prevented officials from electing judges in these circuits, according toThe Virginian-Pilot. A ...

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Altria’s Keane ranked nation’s best-paid GC

A Virginia-based lawyer has been recognized in a recent survey as the nation’s highest paid general counsel. Denise Keane, executive vice president and general counsel of Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., earned $6.5 million in total compensation last year, according to ...

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Ray v. Allergan Inc. (access required)

Type of Case: Product liability Court: U.S. District Court, Richmond Attorneys: Stephen W. Bricker and Christopher L. Anderson, Richmond; Ray C. Chester, Austin, Texas A Vietnam veteran who received a series of Botox injections to treat his writer’s  tremor contended ...

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Andrews v. Primus Telecommunications Group (access required)

Type of Case: Securities fraud Court: U.S. District Court,  Alexandria Attorneys: Bernard J. DiMuro, Alexandria; John Clifford, Washington, DC A federal jury returned compensatory and punitive verdicts totaling about $177 million against various defendants involved in a Virginia-based Internet startup, ...

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X-IT Products LLC v. Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (access required)

Type of case: Patent infringement Court: U.S. District Court, Norfolk Attorney: Robert M. Tata, Norfolk A federal jury in Norfolk found that the defendant had stolen the idea for a home fire-escape ladder from two men who had invented the ...

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