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Informing Jury Panel of Penalty Ranges during Voir Dire – Trial Judge’s Discretion – Jury Nullification (access required)

Commonwealth v. Hockett Barela (VLW No. 017-8-089, 12 pp.) Fairfax.Cir.Ct. (Bernhard, J.) MI-2017-4 Holding: Where the trial court’s discretion to inform juries of penalty ranges during voir dire is not circumscribed except by the abuse of discretion standard, and there ...

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Dismissal Based on Sovereign Immunity – Third-Party Claim Not Derivative (access required)

Glover v. Hryniewich and the City of Norfolk, Virginia v. Willard Marine, Inc. and SAFE Boats International, LLC (VLW No. 017-8-090, 7 pp.) (Lannetti, J.) CL16-3262-00/01/02/03 Holding: Where the complaint against defendant and third-party plaintiff-city was dismissed based on immunity ...

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SCC plans to cut fees for copies of records

The State Corporation Commission proposes to reduce fees for providing copies of its records. The commission is considering a plan to provide up to 25 pages of paper copies without charge. The current charge is 50 cents per page. The ...

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Granger to manage Hunton Richmond office

Hunton & Williams has named Douglas S. Granger as managing partner of the firm’s Richmond office. The Richmond office includes business law, litigation and regulatory practices and has 450 employees, including 225 attorneys, according to a firm news release. Granger’s ...

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LeClairRyan adds workers’ comp unit (access required)

The Richmond-based LeClairRyan has taken in a 14-lawyer workers’ compensation practice based in Fort Lauderdale. Joining LeClair as partners from the Pizzo & Haman firm are Christopher L. Pizzo and Benjamin “Clark” Haman, LeClair said in a news release. Pizzo ...

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Hampton’s Judge Patrick dies after surgery

Hampton General District Judge Albert W. “Pat” Patrick III died unexpectedly Oct. 9 following complications from heart surgery, the Daily Press reported. He was 66. Judge Patrick was named to the bench in 1995 and reelected by the General Assembly ...

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Plaintiff sought millions in airplane lease case, recovers $0 – Defense Verdict (access required)

In a case where the plaintiff sought $5,520,000, where defense witnesses were prohibited from testifying and where de­fense documents were excluded from ev­idence, the defense obtained a defense jury verdict of $0 after a two 1/2 day trial. Plaintiff, an ...

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Woman sustained TBI, concussion in rearender – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was stopped in a left hand turn lane on Richmond Road in Albe­marle County when defendant struck the rear of her vehicle without warning. Although plaintiff did not lose conscious­ness and refused medical care at the ac­cident scene, plaintiff ...

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Hookah bar sued for manager’s failure to stop sexual assault – $225,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a young woman, patronized a Virginia Beach bar for several hours and be­came intoxicated. She was possibly drugged. The Plaintiff walked out of the bar and passed a nearby hoo­kah lounge. A bouncer working at the lounge approached her. ...

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Forum – Breach of Contract – Settlement Agreement – Collective Bargaining Agreement (access required)

Fraternal Order of Police Metro Transit Police Labor Committee, Inc., v. Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) (VLW 017-3-447, 12pp.) (T.S. Ellis III, J.) 1:17cv644; E.D. Va. Motion to dismiss complaint for breach of contract arising from settlement agreement. Holding: ...

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