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Back pay awarded in Title VII case, parties settle compensatories – $28,321 Verdict, $55,000 Settlement (access required)

A female deputy at a state correctional center made protected complaints regarding her immediate supervisor’s unwanted sexual advances. The deputy was then terminated after management alleged she had abandoned her post. At trial, the plaintiff argued that her termination was ...

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Woman injured when SUV crashed into bank lobby – $175,000 Verdict (access required)

On Oct. 10, 2012, the 72-year-old defendant was pulling into a parking spot at a local bank when she lost control of her SUV,  jumped the sidewalk and crashed into the bank’s vestibule. The impact occurred just as the plaintiff, ...

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Claimant won ERISA appeal against disability insurer – $262,158 Insurance Benefit (access required)

The claimant was a senior systems analyst who became disabled after struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, de Quervain syndrome (similar to carpal tunnel syndrome) and myriad other related conditions. Her employer’s ERISA long-term disability plan originally approved the claim and ...

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Jury awards full amount of unpaid wages to former jeweler – $185,000 Verdict (access required)

In 2007, long-time jeweler Ralph Brown told his friend, Robert “Buddy” Goodnight, that he was planning to close his jewelry store and retire. Brown told Goodnight a liquidator had given him a value of $483,000 as to what he would ...

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J. Rodney Johnson (access required)

Retired law Prof. J. Rodney Johnson, an expert in wills, trusts and estate planning who helped rewrite a state probate code that had not been revised since the early 1900s, died June 10 at his Henrico County home after a ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

Effective June 3, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended the license to practice law of Timothy L. Coffield of Keswick based on his conviction of a crime in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Coffield was ordered to appear before the ...

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Ben Woodbridge Jr. (access required)

Fredericksburg attorney and former Virginia House of Delegates member Ben Woodbridge Jr. died of heart failure June 4. He was 80. Mr. Woodbridge represented the Fredericksburg area in the House from 1970–74. He also served on the University of Mary ...

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Pedestrian struck when two cars collided at Beach intersection – $875,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a pedestrian walking westbound on Virginia Beach Boulevard toward the intersection of Groveland Road on Sept. 4, 2013. The defendant was traveling westbound on Virginia Beach Boulevard and attempted to turn left onto Groveland Road. Upon turning, ...

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Missed diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis leads to teen’s death – $455,000 settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 17-year-old female who presented to a community hospital emergency department with a history of severe right leg pain and swelling beginning after a surgical abortion performed five days earlier. The emergency room physician did not calculate ...

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