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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On March 16, the Virginia State Bar Second District subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Tinya Lynnette Banks of Norfolk for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence and communication. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct ...

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Injured highway worker reaches settlement in p.i., comp claims – $936,775 Settlement and $1,930,000 Settlement (access required)

This case stemmed from an accident that occurred at approximately 3:00 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2012, on I-264 in Norfolk. The intoxicated defendant drove around orange cones and a stationary state police cruiser with flashing blue lights at a road ...

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Child died after falling through railing of hotel balcony – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

The infant decedent, nearly 3 years old, and members of her family rented a room at the defendant hotel for an overnight stay at the beach. Hotel personnel assigned the family to an upper-story oceanfront room. The hotel was built ...

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D.C. law firm settles legal malpractice case for six-figure amount – Confidential Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff had been romantically involved with a boyfriend for more than 25 years. Plaintiff worked with the boyfriend on various defense contracts in the Midwest. The boyfriend boasted he was an operative for a national security agency and could have ...

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Plaintiff suffered third-degree burns when fire pot fuel exploded – $3,000,000 Settlement (access required)

The 21-year old plaintiff was visiting with family and friends in Martinsville when she was severely burned when someone attempted to refill an outdoor firepot with NAPAfire Citronella Pourable Eco-Gel Fuel. The gel fuel exploded into a fireball and landed ...

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Grandmother tripped and fell through dressing room curtain – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 72-year-old grandmother, was in a clothing store in Potomac Mills Malls helping her granddaughter try on dresses for homecoming. The defendant operated a temporary dress shop in the mall, and upon leasing the property, had to construct dressing ...

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Woman suffered disabling leg injuries in early morning crash – $1,750,000 Settlement (access required)

On Oct. 13, 2012, the plaintiff was driving her daughter to a swim meet. The plaintiff was travelling approximately 55 miles per hour heading south on the Prince William Parkway. It was approximately 6:30 a.m. and it was still dark ...

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Rear-ender aggravated disc degeneration, expert claimed – $156,250 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a high-ranking U.S. government official in national security, was rear-ended on a highway. Defendant admitted fault at the scene, but denied liability throughout the first case until the morning of trial. When the trial judge precluded mention of all ...

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Construction worker suffered massive injuries in on-the-job accident – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was injured driving a truck for H.T. Bowling Inc. at a landfill construction site. He lost control of the truck and it rolled down a series of steep grades and steppes. He was thrown from the cab and suffered ...

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Lift gate malfunction caused deliveryman to fall down shaft – $2,990,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was injured while delivering packages to an office building when he was attempting to use a material lift. The material lift gate allegedly malfunctioned, causing him to fall 13 feet down a shaft. Liability was contested. Contributory negligence was ...

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