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Michael F. Blair (access required)

Michael F. Blair, who practiced law from the Bristol, Tennessee, office of Penn Stuart, died Jan. 3 of brain cancer. He was 67. A native of Baltimore, he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in 1969; he ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Dec. 29, the Virginia State Bar Third District subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to Andrea C. Long of Richmond for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping property. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against ...

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Boy suffered catastrophic injuries in crash with dump truck – $22,000,000 Settlement (access required)

This personal injury action arises out of a commercial vehicle crash that occurred on July 5, 2012. Plaintiff, a 12-year-old boy, was riding as a rear seat passenger in a 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer driven by a family friend. The vehicle ...

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Patient struck by falling shelf in chiropractor’s office – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was lying on a treatment table in a chiropractor’s office when a shelf installed by the defendant chiropractor fell from the wall and struck the plaintiff’s head and neck. There was only $1,000,000 in coverage. Plaintiff’s counsel refused to ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Dec. 19, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District, Section I, subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to James P. Hodges of Fairfax for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication and declining or terminating representation. This discipline was ...

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Plaintiff hit his head during minor wreck, had brain injury – $2,700,000 Settlement (access required)

Defendant’s van changed lanes and forced plaintiff’s truck into a curb. There was minor property damage. Plaintiff struck his head on the doorpost, and sustained a mild traumatic brain injury and lumbar strain. [14-T-195] Type of action: Personal injury – ...

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2014 Lawyer to Lawyer Survey (access required)

L2L2014

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to provide the results of the VLW 2014 Lawyer to Lawyer Survey. This project provides information about attorneys providing special services and practice options to other attorneys across Virginia. For a fee, participants had the ...

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Auto accident plaintiff needed multiple neck and spine surgeries – $2,500,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 55-year-old nurse who was rear-ended while stopped in traffic. She suffered significant neck injuries, undergoing multiple injections and three separate spine surgeries involving discectomy, fixation and fusion at the cervical and lumbar levels. The defense admitted ...

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Metastatic cancer originally diaganosed as non-invasive – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

In April 2009, the plaintiff noticed a lump in her right breast. She quickly presented to her gynecologist, who referred her to a surgeon for evaluation. Because of a suspicious finding in her biopsy, she then underwent a lumpectomy and ...

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Woman died from heart disease six days after hospitalization – Motion to Strike Granted (access required)

The decedent was a 28-year-old female who presented to the emergency department of Sentara CarePlex Hospital on Feb. 1, 2011, shortly after midnight. She complained of having developed episodes of sharp subscapular chest pain (lasting about five minutes) earlier that ...

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