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Defense notches win on accident reports (access required)

A car-crash plaintiff cannot obtain discovery of the defendant’s statement given to his liability carrier’s adjuster three days after the accident, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. This discovery question has percolated through Circuit Courts across the state in the ...

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And two others deny discovery (access required)

The McCullough case is one of a trio of defense victories on the accident-report discovery issue reported in this edition of Virginia Lawyers Weekly. And that case is not the first defense win in Fairfax in the accident-report wars. In ...

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State claim allowed for retaliation (access required)

A worker who claims he was fired for refusing to participate in racial discrimination can sue for wrongful discharge under state law, a Chesapeake Circuit judge has ruled. The case is apparently the first to allow a retaliation claim to ...

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Dad need not cover private school tab (access required)

A father need not pay private-school tuition for his sons just because the school was the mother’s alma mater and her “preferred institution,” the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The appellate panel reversed an order that made the father ...

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Driver hit for $45K in punitives (access required)

A Roanoke jury has hit a drunken driver for $45,000 in punitive damages in what may be the state’s first jury verdict to apply a new statute on punitives in DUI cases. Plaintiff’s lawyers have been using the statute, passed ...

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