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Crash caused severe anxiety for injured teen passenger – $240,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 16-year-old backseat passenger in his mother’s van when the family was rear-ended on I-66 by the defendant, who had fallen asleep at the wheel. The plaintiff was thrown violently forward in his seat from the impact, ...

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Fletcher becomes president of national journalism group

ORLANDO, Fla. — Paul Fletcher was installed as national president of the Society of Professional Journalists at the group’s Excellence in Journalism 2015 conference Sept. 20. The EIJ program was co-hosted by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the ...

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Teacher suffered massive injuries after being hit by drunken driver – $3,500,000 Verdict (access required)

On June 8, 2011, at approximately 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of Lucas Creek Road and Cabell Drive in Newport News, the defendant, while in an intoxicated state, took his eyes off the road to check his cell phone, crossed ...

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Patient fainted and struck his head after getting an X-ray – Defense Verdict (access required)

At 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2013, the plaintiff, an active 52-year-old and a high-earning tax attorney with the IRS, fell off his bicycle as he rode home from work, striking his left shoulder. He walked his bike home, showered ...

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Jury awards policy limits to man injured in rear-end collision – $100,000 Verdict (access required)

In 2011, while attempting to merge onto Duke Street from Van Dorn Street in Alexandria, the plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant. Although the defendant was driving a sedan and the plaintiff was in a truck, the impact totaled the ...

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Wrongful death of fetus yields case of first impression – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent mother was a 38-year-old resident of Windsor, Virginia, and on Dec. 12, 2014, was seven months pregnant with her baby (aka Henry Wyatt Acree). She left work that evening on her way home from Suffolk to Windsor, traveling westbound ...

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Young man fell to his death after deck rail broke off – $900,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 17, 2014, the decedent, Peter Thornton and his girlfriend, were invited guests at the residence of Brian Landergan. The residence was owned by Landergan’s parents. Just after midnight on Jan. 18, 2014, Thornton and Landergan walked out of ...

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Policy limits paid after jury found for auto-accident plaintiff – $100,000 Verdict (access required)

This case resulted from a Nov. 23, 2011 non-reportable motor vehicle collision that took place in a Spotsylvania County shopping center plaza. Liability was hotly contested. The plaintiff, a 40-year-old female, alleged that she was stopped, waiting to exit the ...

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Lawyer questions intent of ‘Leader in the Law’ choice

Dear Editor: It’s a great honor to be selected by the Virginia Lawyers Media as a “Leader in the Law,” and my congratulations go to the class of 2015, a distinguished group of honorees. One selection surprised me, however, not ...

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