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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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Case against VA nursing assistant settled after summary judgment denied – $495,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was an Iraqi War veteran who suffered from PTSD. Plaintiff went to the VA Medical Center in Washington to receive treatment for the PTSD. Plaintiff was admitted to the psychiatric floor of the VA. While at the VA, plaintiff ...

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Infant was delivered stillborn after unsuccessful VBAC attempt – $1,500,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was admitted to Chesapeake General Hospital on July 12, 2009, at approximately 6:35 a.m. for labor and delivery at the 38th week of her pregnancy. Plaintiff and her unborn baby were under the defendant’s obstetrical care, as he was ...

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Newborn died following complications from cardiac catheterization – $1,275,000 Settlement (access required)

The newborn decedent was a twin who died on the ninth day of life. The twin was born prematurely at a gestational age of 33 weeks and 5 days, with a birth weight of 4.2 pounds. He was diagnosed prenatally ...

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Robert E. Shoun (access required)

Fairfax lawyer Robert E. Shoun died July 22. He was 75. Mr. Shoun grew up on a small farm in southern Virginia, then attended Randolph-Macon College and the Duke University law school. After law school, he volunteered for a three-year ...

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