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Spinal surgeon placed instruments too deeply – $2,550,000 Verdict (access required)

This was a medical malpractice case against spinal surgeon Thomas J. Raley Jr., M.D., and his practice group, Advanced Spine and Pain PLLC, for injury to a patient during spinal surgery called posterior lumbar interbody fusion (“PLIF”). During surgery, Raley ...

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Motorcyclist ran into car that stopped suddenly on Interstate – $81,765.51 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was operating a motorcycle westbound on Interstate 64 near its intersection with Route 228 in Henrico County. Defendant was also westbound on Interstate 64 in an SUV and moved from the lane to the plaintiff’s left into the plaintiff’s ...

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Reed Smith opens Miami office

Reed Smith, an international firm with a large Virginia presence, has expanded to Miami with acquisition of a seven-lawyer international arbitration and litigation practice from Astigarraga Davis. With lawyers in offices around the world, the Astigarraga team provides legal services ...

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Alexandria prosecutor is honored

Alexandria senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney David A. Lord this month won the Warren B. Von Schuch Award, presented each year by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. Lord supervises the Violent Crimes Unit at the Alexandria prosecutor’s office. He led ...

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Bowel perforation may have exacerbated existing problems – $1.65 Million Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, 55, underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During the laparoscopy, defendant surgeon noted that a trocar may have perforated the small bowel. He looked for a perforation but did not find one. Defendant surgeon was concerned enough that he told his associates, ...

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Duke case lawyer to speak at Federal Bar Association

One of the defense lawyers in the Duke lacrosse case involving a false rape accusation will speak this month in Roanoke. Jim Cooney of Charlotte is set to address the Roanoke Chapter of the Federal Bar Association April 27 at ...

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VBA to host gubernatorial debate

The Virginia Bar Association again will host the traditional first debate of candidates for Virginia governor this summer. The July 22 debate will occur in conjunction with the association’s 127th Summer Meeting at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs. ...

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Law firm gave inaccurate advice on FDA-compliant labeling – $200,000 Settlement (access required)

The claim was by a start-up food science company on the west coast. The compa­ny hired a large D.C. law firm to review its ingredients la­bels for a proprietary, physician-formulat­ed supplement aimed at upper respiratory infections. The prod­uct did not ...

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