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Fluvanna County drops suit against financial advisor – Voluntary Dismissal (access required)

The Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors accepted a demand for voluntary dismissal with prejudice of the county’s three-year lawsuit against Davenport & Company LLC concerning the financing for a new Fluvanna County High School in 2008. According to a statement ...

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Judge R. Terrence Ney (access required)

Fairfax County Circuit Judge R. Terrence Ney died in Philomont on Nov. 24. He was 70. Judge Ney was a graduate of Harvard College and received his law degree at the University of Texas where he was elected to the ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On Sept. 26, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board issued a public reprimand to Herman C. Smith III of Norfolk for violating professional rules that govern communication. The board dismissed charges in one case. This discipline was an agreed disposition ...

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Jury awards compensatory, punitive damages for racial animus – $125,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, a retired Virginia State Trooper sergeant, was working as an unarmed security guard in the early morning hours on Feb. 19, 2012, at the parking deck adjacent to what was then known as the BlackFinn Restaurant. The defendant, ...

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Defense disputed brain injury claim, offered $300K in mediation – $4,500,000 Verdict (access required)

This is a personal injury case resulting from a car accident on July 17, 2012, in Chesterfield County. The plaintiff was driving a Ford Explorer that was stopped for a red light on Rivers Bend Boulevard at its intersection with ...

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Defendant admitted liability in I-95 rear-ender – $311,000 Verdict (access required)

The defendant admitted liability for this January 2012 rear-end collision in rush hour traffic on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County. Cars had slowed to a stop when the defendant hit the plaintiff’s vehicle at 50 miles per hour, setting off ...

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Joseph B. Benedetti (access required)

Former state Sen. Joseph B. Benedetti died Nov. 19 at his home in Richmond. He was 85. Mr. Benedetti graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1951. He then continued his military service during the Korean War and ...

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