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Flaggers allegedly misdirected traffic, caused accident – $1,452,250 Settlement (access required)

On Aug. 3, 2012, the defendant asphalt company was laying 1,150 tons of shoulder stone on the southbound and northbound shoulders of Rt. 669 in Culpeper. At the end of the day, the crew was working at the southern end ...

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Driver killed after swerving to avoid oncoming truck – $2,900,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent was killed as a result of a motor vehicle collision that occurred on Route 15 in Leesburg. The defendant’s commercial truck crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. While there was no contact with defendant’s vehicle, the plaintiff ...

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Plaintiff was not informed of surgeon’s lack of experience – $800,000 Settlement (access required)

This case involved the defendant’s negligent laparoscopic repair of the plaintiff’s hiatal hernia and previous Nissen fundoplication. During the procedure, the defendant mistakenly stapled across the gastroesophageal junction dividing the plaintiff’s esophagus from her stomach. The defendant attempted to reattach ...

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Tech Toolkit: 3 top security issues your firm needs to address (access required)

Technology security

Numerous technology tools can help to lock down systems, including software and hardware controls as well as mobile-specific products. But even with all that firepower, security breaches are still common, and some experts believe that every company has already been ...

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Condo calls on Alston to support Roush for seat (access required)

To the Editor: I am a lawyer of over 40 years in practice, and over eight years’ service on the committee of the Virginia State Bar that screens and rates candidates for statewide and federal judgeships in the commonwealth.  Over ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On July 13, the Virginia State Bar Third District, Section I subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Jason Anthony of Richmond for violating a professional rule that governs safekeeping property. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct ...

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Plaintiff agreed to carrier’s last offer following mediation – $42,500 Settlement (access required)

The 78-year-old plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle making a left turn at a controlled intersection. The defendant was making an opposing right turn. Both drivers claimed to have had a green turn arrow. The defendant’s vehicle struck the ...

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Pedestrian struck in crosswalk succumbed to spinal injuries – $975,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, a longtime federal government employee, age 55, was walking to his workplace at the Fort Belvoir Commissary in a marked crosswalk at 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2014. He crossed four lanes of travel and was nearing the ...

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California appeals court reinstates verdict against drug company – $6,500,000 Verdict (access required)

Cooper v. Takeda was the first trial in the national Actos litigation efforts. Jack Cooper, a 79-year-old retired father and grandfather in San Diego, developed borderline type II diabetes in his 70s. Beginning in 2006, his primary care physician began ...

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