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VLW gains VPA award for editorial writing

Virginia Lawyers Weekly won a first-place award for editorial writing when the results of  the Virginia Press Association’s 2014 News Contest were announced April 18 in Roanoke. Paul Fletcher, publisher and editor-in-chief, wrote the three editorials in the entry. The ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On April 6, the Virginia State Bar Third District subcommittee issued a public admonition to Stephen J. Sheehy III of Fairfax for violating a professional rule that governs diligence. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Sheehy, ...

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Teen rendered paraplegic in Jeep rollover accident – $1,795,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a back-seat passenger in a 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee operated by the defendant on June 7, 2014, when the vehicle veered across the roadway and overturned several times before finally coming to rest. The wreck happened on Brunswick ...

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Accident victim filed bad faith motion against UIM carrier – $800,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in an automobile collision. Defendant admitted liability and the case was tried on damages only. The plaintiff had irritability and balance problems post-accident, which her expert physician opined was permanent. The defense expert ...

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Plaintiff claimed she experienced allergic reaction to Doripenem – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Oct. 30, 2009, the plaintiff was admitted to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville under the care of the defendant family practice due to spreading cellulitis of the face. At the time of her admission, the plaintiff informed hospital staff that ...

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Rotator cuff injury was related to collision, jury finds – $100,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff is a 58-year-old woman with a long history of back and neck pain. On Oct. 13, 2012, plaintiff was rear-ended while driving her grandchildren to a roller skating rink in Culpeper. Two years prior to the collision, she had ...

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Woman tripped and fell on raised asphalt in restaurant parking lot – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was walking through a Chipotle parking lot toward the entrance when her foot “caught” on some raised asphalt that joined the curbing to the parking lot, causing her to fall. She landed on her outstretched hand and finger. There ...

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Defendant tried to pass truck, struck decedent’s vehicle head on – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

A mother of two was killed when the defendant collided head-on with her vehicle as he was trying to pass a tractor-trailer on Route 340 in Rockingham County. The accident occurred on a foggy morning. A witness, who was driving ...

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