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Layoffs at coal mining company prompted two WARN Act suits – $625,000 Settlement and $745,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiffs brought two class actions under the federal WARN Act against two affiliates of Southern Coal Corporation. Both class actions were filed in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon. These actions arose from layoffs of approximately 155 coal miners by ...

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Chesterfield residents involved in single-car wreck in Arizona – $20,173 Verdict (access required)

The Spanish-speaking plaintiff was injured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in Arizona. Both parties live in Chesterfield County. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. He received no follow-up treatment. [15-T-050]   Type of action: Personal injury ...

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William P. Hay Jr. (access required)

Retired General District Judge William P. “Billy” Hay Jr. of Farmville died April 15. He was 95. Raised in Richmond, Judge Hay graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1942. He served two tours of combat duty with the U.S. Marines in World ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On April 21, 2015, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the license to practice law of Johnda D. Scott of Woodbridge on impairment grounds.  

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Psoriasis medication led to brain damage in HIV-positive patient – $3,650,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a 37-year-old HIV-positive patient. He worked as a space engineer for a large defense contractor. Plaintiff also suffered from psoriasis, a debilitating skin condition. Plaintiff sought treatment for his psoriasis from a dermatologist. The dermatologist prescribed a biologic, ...

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High court sets aside $5.75M legal malpractice verdict – Verdict Set Aside (access required)

This case began for the defendant trial firm in mid-2007 when plaintiff concluded that the decision of the Supreme Court of Virginia a year earlier in Cox v. Geary, 271 Va. 141 (2006), opened the door for him to bring ...

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Lawyer takes issue with VLW editorial (access required)

Dear Editor: I am responding to your April 6, 2015, editorial (“No license to discriminate”) regarding the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Even if the Indiana law differed in some way from the federal or other state statutes, it in ...

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