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Asbestos claims reinstated on appeal (access required)

A former elevator installer and maintenance man who allegedly died of asbestosis can maintain his lawsuit against a group of elevator companies based on asbestos contained in their products, the Supreme Court has ruled. Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin R. Hughes ...

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Appeal takes aim at medical malpractice cap (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider two cases involving multimillion-dollar verdicts, including an appeal that challenges Virginia’s medical malpractice damages cap for a child’s suit against her mother’s obstetrician. The decision could mean a $5.4-million difference in ...

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Appeal granted for $8.47M asbestos verdict (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear one causation issue arising out of a mesothelioma death case decided by a Newport News jury last February. The jury returned a $9.18-million verdict for the family of John Bristow, a ...

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Birth injury recovery could exceed malpractice cap under court ruling (access required)

An obstetrician’s insurance company is on the hook for a couple’s lawsuit claiming damages based on the doctor’s failure to participate in the Virginia birth injury fund, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The ruling could allow the couple ...

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Birth injury recovery could exceed malpractice cap under court ruling (access required)

An obstetrician’s insurance company is on the hook for a couple’s lawsuit claiming damages based on the doctor’s failure to participate in the Virginia birth injury fund, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The ruling could allow the couple ...

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Law firm fee payment upheld (access required)

A law firm gets to keep $130,000 in attorney’s fees after a sale of real estate as part of a disputed estate case, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today. Over a protest from the lawyer’s client, a Northampton County ...

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Court: Does ‘negligent’ prosecution warrant discipline? (access required)

A lawyer discipline case has the Virginia Supreme Court asking when does negligence in prosecuting a criminal case cross the line into incompetence that can be sanctioned by the Virginia State Bar. Last September, the VSB Disciplinary Board affirmed a ...

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Deputies’ p.i. suit barred by fireman’s rule (access required)

Two deputies injured in an auto accident during a drug sting could not sue the criminal suspect for their personal injuries. The Supreme Court of Virginia said that the deputies were acting in the normal course of their professional duties ...

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Surgeon, hospital not liable for patient death (access required)

A surgeon and faculty member of Eastern Virginia Medical School will not have to face a suit saying he was negligent in providing post-surgical treatment of a patient’s ischemic leg. On April 5, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed dismissal ...

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Doctor defamation on court docket (access required)

Emotions ran high in a Roanoke operating room in November 2009, as a trauma team fought to save the life of a man who had been hit by a tractor-trailer while walking. The trauma surgeon clashed with the anesthesiologist and ...

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