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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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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Aug. 18, an Arlington Circuit Court three-judge panel affirmed a public reprimand issued by the Virginia State Bar Fourth District Committee-Section I on Jan. 27 to Shelly R. Collette of Winchester for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, ...

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Workers’ Comp Commission rules heart attack was job-related – $304,393 Verdict (access required)

The claimant, on the date of his death, was employed as a police officer. Prior to joining the police force, he was subject to a pre-employment medical examination, which found the officer free of respiratory diseases, hypertension, cancer and heart ...

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Mother of two girls killed in wreck on Christmas Eve – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

In this wrongful death case, a 34-year-old mother of two young girls, ages 7 and 10, died on Christmas Eve in 2012 when her car was crushed into a jersey wall by a tractor-trailer that was loaded with logs for ...

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Postal worker struck by tractor-trailer – $625,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was struck by a tractor-trailer while driving his U.S. Postal Service vehicle. He sustained $126,000 in medical bills and a partial wage loss of $48,000 that was ongoing. [15-T-106]   Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident Injuries ...

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Frank N. Cowan (access required)

Longtime Richmond-area lawyer Frank N. Cowan died Aug. 28. He was 79. A native of Danville, he graduated from Virginia Tech in 1959; he earned his law degree three later from the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law. ...

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John E. McCollum (access required)

Retired Northern Virginia solo practitioner John E. “Jack” McCollum died Jan. 27, 2015. He was 84. Mr. McCollum earned his undergraduate degree from American University; he received his law degree from the university’s Washington College of Law in 1958. He was ...

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