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Worker awarded comp after falling off roof – $1.4 million award (access required)

The claimant was working in Harrison­burg at a construction site where a barn was being built. Claimant was working for a small construction company, Escobar Roofing Company, and it was his under­standing that he and two other individ­uals would travel ...

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Surviving passenger of auto accident settles with driver – $830,000 Settlement (access required)

The crash occurred late on Christmas Eve, 2012, on Route 716 in Halifax Coun­ty. Plaintiff and one other person were riding as passengers in the defendant’s truck. All three were best friends. Plain­tiff claimed that the defendant lost control of ...

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Child burned by hot tea at restaurant – $500,000 Structured Settlement (access required)

Several families met to dine at the defen­dant restaurant. Adults sat at one table and the children sat at another. Before they ordered, a waitress placed a carafe of hot tea on a Lazy Susan at the children’s table. One ...

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Kindred named bankruptcy judge (access required)

Alexandria bankruptcy lawyer Klinette H. Kindred has been named as a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge. Judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals selected Kindred to fill the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Judge Robert G. Mayer ...

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Woman injured hip in rear-ender – $240,514 Arbitration Award (access required)

This was a rear-end auto col­lision involving three vehicles. Liability was not contested. The issue involved damages and whether the medical bills and lost wages were caused by the accident. In that regard the main question was wheth­er the arthroscopic ...

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Plastic surgeon did not lose control during female patient’s liposuction – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff presented to defendant plastic surgeon in July 2011 seeking abdominoplas­ty, breast reduction with lift, and accompanying liposuction. On the morning of July 22, 2011, defendant performed bilateral breast reduction, abdominoplasty, suction-assisted li­pectomy of the love handles, flanks, and outer ...

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Cancer patient has complications following surgical error – $1M Settlement (access required)

This was a medical malpractice case, which settled at mediation. Plaintiff has over $100,000 in special damages. The plaintiff, a married executive, is cur­rently 50 years old. It was undisputed at mediation that during the performance of a laparoscopic lower ...

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Civil rights pioneer accepts inaugural award in her honor (access required)

Retired civil rights lawyer Frankie Muse Freeman, who will turn 100 years old this month, has been awarded the first of an on-going award named in her honor from the Virginia State Bar. The annual Frankie Muse Freeman Organizational Pro ...

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Norfolk jeweler defrauded customers of diamond rings – $379,000 Verdict (access required)

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On Sept. 15, 2016, a Norfolk jury awarded a total of $379,475 in damages – including $140,850 in punitive damages for actual fraud and $95,450 in increased damages un­der the Virginia Con­sumer Protection Act – to two men defrauded by ...

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