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Trade secrets case remanded to district court, defendant settles – $275,000,000 Settlement (access required)

DuPont accused Kolon, a South Korean company, of stealing trade secrets related to Kevlar. The case proceeded to trial in July 2011, and on Sept. 14, 2011, after a seven-week trial, a U.S. District Court jury in Richmond rendered a ...

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Plaintiff claimed cardiologist failed to diagnose impending heart failure – Defense Verdict (access required)

In 2002, plaintiff was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, likely viral, and ventricular tachycardia. Echocardiography showed an ejection fraction of 25 percent or less, indicating severe disease. An AICD was placed, and plaintiff was prescribed medications including an ace inhibitor and beta ...

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Patient with history of sleep apnea died during surgical recovery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The decedent, 63, underwent a five-hour back surgery (laminectomy and fusion) on March 23, 2009, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her medical history was significant for obesity, severe obstructive sleep apnea, renal failure, congestive heart failure, hypertension and diabetes. The defendant ...

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Spinal operation performed at wrong level, further surgery required – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 44, was married, a father of three young children and employed full time in a position that required travel across Virginia. He had a long history of minor neck pain for which he underwent conservative treatments, physical therapy ...

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Donna Schewel Clark (access required)

Lynchburg attorney and businesswoman Donna Schewel Clark died at her home May 8 after a brief illness. She was 64. She graduated from Goucher College in 1972, and did postgraduate work at Brown University. After teaching high school briefly in ...

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Dennis W. Dohnal (access required)

Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal died May 10 at his home in Richmond. He was 69. A graduate of Bucknell University, Judge Dohnal earned his law degree from George Washington University. He began his career as an assistant ...

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