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Portsmouth police officers settle class action for unpaid overtime – $575,000 Settlement (access required)

In September 2013, 34 police officers brought an action against the City of Portsmouth for unpaid overtime. A year later, the court certified this case as a class action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 on the state law ...

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Bus driver who hit pedestrian had multiple accidents on record – $4,500,000 Verdict (access required)

On Aug. 6, 2014, the plaintiff was crossing a crosswalk near the King Street Metro Station in Alexandria, when she was struck by a left-turning bus. She was struck from behind when she was approximately three-quarters across the crosswalk. As ...

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Jury returns cost of auto-accident plaintiff’s initial ER visit – $1,976 Verdict (access required)

The defendant contested the plaintiff’s claims of injury after a low-speed rear-end collision. Her treating doctor, Dr. Arthur Wardell, testified that the plaintiff tore the plantar fascia in her right foot from “jamming on the brake.” Dr. Wardell performed a ...

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Plaintiff’s UIM carrier tendered its limits – $300,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was injured in a T-section motor vehicle collision. Liability was not substantially contested. Plaintiff sustained transient loss of consciousness upon impact, but was alert when EMS arrived on scene. Her physical injuries began to improve early in her recovery, ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

Effective Jan. 6, 2014, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the license to practice law of R. Stuart Collins of Wise for two years with terms. Collins’ license had been summarily suspended that day based on his guilty plea ...

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Traumatic extubation by CNRA led to brain injury, death – $1,908,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, age 57, was a farmer and community leader. He and his wife had one son, age 16. On Sept. 21, 2014, the decedent went to the emergency department complaining of bilateral upper quadrant abdominal pain that radiated to ...

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Wife injured when husband ran red light and struck a car – $244,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, 83 years old, was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle when the vehicle entered an intersection on a red light and struck another vehicle. Nationwide, the family’s auto carrier, never substantially contested liability. The plaintiff waited until the month ...

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