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Court Strikes Punitives Claim in Auto Case (access required)

An assertion that defendant is a “life-long opiate addict” who knew his withdrawal symptoms during the 48 hours prior to his traffic accident would include confusion, distractability and “overall impairment of driving ability,” does not state a common law claim ...

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Abused Student Has Negligence Per Se Claim (access required)

In this tort suit against officials of Nor­thumberland High School for damages aris­ing from a school resources officer’s repeat­ed sexual abuse of a 10th-grade student, on school grounds, a Richmond County Circuit Court says plaintiff student and her parents may ...

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Marital Privilege May Yield to Crime-Fraud Exception (access required)

In the government’s ongoing investigation of defendant Stacey Pomrenke and her hus­band, a Virginia state court judge, for wit­ness tampering and/or obstruction of justice prior to defendant’s trial on fraud charges, the Abingdon U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge grants a ...

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