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4th Circuit: Carrier has duty to defend, even if there are excluded claims – Declaratory judgment (access required)

On March 3, 2015, homeowners sued ARC Construction LLC and Ali Ergul, ARC’s manager, in the District of Co­lumbia Superior Court with regard to renovation and demolition work performed on their neighbors’ half of a duplex home. The plaintiffs, who ...

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Plaintiff needed knee replacement after fall in store – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

On Sept. 26, 2012, the plaintiff fell on spilled food in the defen­dant’s store. Plaintiff had previ­ously undergone knee surgery five years prior to the fall, but was as­ymptomatic at the time of the fall. After a year of conservative ...

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Mother claimed physician diagnosed, but failed to treat condition, child suffered as result – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was an ob­stetric patient under the care of the defen­dant physician group. On Sept. 28, 2011, at 28 weeks, 2 days gestation, her membranes rup­tured. She was admitted to the hospital for close observation. Her Group B strep status ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

Effective June 1, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily sus­pended the license to practice law of Kenneth H. Rosenau of Washington based on his 30-day suspension by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He was ordered to appear ...

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The day Muhammad Ali came to Fairfax

Muhammad Ali in Fairfax FEA

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali passed away last Friday, prompting former Fairfax Bar President Paul Terpak to recall the day that the Greatest appeared in Fairfax to salute firms that participated in a minority hiring program.

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Woman suffered ankle injury, prompting her to quit job – $45,500 Verdict (access required)

On July 13, 2014, the plaintiff was injured when the defendant ran a red light, striking her vehicle and causing the plaintiff to strike a third-vehicle. The de­fendant admitted lia­bility and the case was tried on damages only. The plaintiff ...

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Man drove into work zone, crashed into vehicle – $200,000 Settlement (access required)

Father, a Virginia resident, was driving on a highway when he entered a work zone and crashed into a large construction vehicle resulting in his death. Plaintiff claimed that the work zone was not properly marked and barricaded in accordance ...

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Man dies after high-speed collision with escaped mule – $505,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 31, 2012, a 64-year-old male was driving home from a friend’s house around midnight. He was trav­eling on a two-lane highway in the rural Eastern Shore. Wit­nesses testified the road was very dark and the posted speed limit ...

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Richard S. Mendelson (access required)

Longtime Alexandria lawyer Richard S. Mendelson died May 16 of pancreatic cancer. He was 71. A native of Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Virginia in 1966 and the U.Va. law school in 1969. After six years in private ...

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