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Woman had bad headache, later suffered aneurysm and died – Defense Verdict (access required)

Decedent presented to Lynchburg General Hospital’s emergency department on July 19, 2013, complaining of “one of the worst headaches” she had ever experienced. Decedent’s symptoms in­cluded a week-long head­ache unaffected by over-the-counter medication, dizziness upon standing, nausea, and vomiting. Decedent’s ...

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Disabled vet bought car that could not support wheelchair, recovers under Consumer Protection act – $31,314 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff Diane Applewhaite is a dis­abled Navy veteran who went to Koons Automotive Inc. in Woodbridge to pur­chase a vehicle. She had recently been prescribed by her physician to use an electric wheelchair, and needed to pur­chase a vehicle that ...

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Doctor prevails in retained object case, gets unpaid fees – Defense Verdict (access required)

This was a retained object case brought against a gynecolog­ic surgeon. Plaintiff underwent surgery for removal of multi­ple uterine fibroids. Part of the surgical procedure involved insertion of a uterine manipulator, which was comprised of multiple, detachable parts. During that ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

Effective July 1, a Portsmouth Circuit Court three-judge panel suspended the license to practice law of Michael J. Massie of Portsmouth for 18 months, with terms, for violating professional rules that govern scope of representation, communication, safekeeping property, responsibilities regarding ...

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VSB seeks comment on proposals for professionalism course

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on proposed changes to the rule for Virginia’s professionalism course for attorneys. The amendments would authorize the VSB executive director to grant, for good cause, an extension request from a member who fails ...

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