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Plaintiff can itemize damages for a jury, court says (access required)

The Supreme Court has resolved a lingering question about personal injury trial practice by approving a plaintiff’s listing of possible damage amounts during closing argument. Fairfax lawyer Edward L. Weiner said he has been getting “some really good verdicts” by ...

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Wins for both sides in med-mal cases (access required)

A man whose wife died after outpatient plastic surgery can keep his $1.95 million jury award in a Virginia Beach medical malpractice case tried in 2010. Thirty-three hours after the surgery on her breasts and abdomen, the 36-year-old mother of ...

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Supreme Court rejects AG’s bid for climate documents (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has thrown up a roadblock for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to review university research documents in search of global warming fraud. The court ruled Friday that the University of Virginia is not a “person” ...

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Supreme Court to consider GPS tracking (access required)

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that secret GPS tracking by police is a search that likely requires a warrant, the Virginia Supreme Court will consider the case of a Northern Virginia assault suspect who was caught ...

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High court reinstates ‘horseplay’ jury award (access required)

A construction worker injured during workplace “horseplay” was entitled to keep his $75,000 award against the construction company, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today. Donald Samuel filed his negligence action against C.W. Wright Construction Company in 2007 after the ...

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Skateboarder at crosswalk tagged for contrib (access required)

A skateboarder who watched a vehicle heading toward a crosswalk but kept on skating could not recover for his arm and wrist injuries because of his contributory negligence. On Feb. 17, the Supreme Court of Virginia upheld a Norfolk Circuit ...

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Court closes door on late efforts to avoid deportation (access required)

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its refusal to allow courts to use two ancient common law writs to undo criminal convictions likely to bring deportation for immigrant defendants. Two Fairfax County circuit judges allowed the defendants to reopen their cases, ...

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Top verdicts, insurance disputes on argument docket (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has set its oral argument docket for the week of Feb. 27, including its rehearing of its Sept. 16 decision in AES Corp. v. Steadfast Ins. Co., which features an insurance claim based on global ...

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Driver negligent, but not liable (access required)

Inches from a clean get-away. Maybe that’s what Beverly Hyde thought when she received suit papers some time after a five-mph rear-end collision. With little in the way of damage to the vehicles, the parties decided not to call police. ...

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Circuit court can decide redistricting issue, Supreme Court says (access required)

In a case fraught with separation of powers issues, the Supreme Court of Virginia has refused to block or review a lawsuit challenging the General Assembly’s congressional redistricting plan . In a pair of orders issued Tuesday, the court both ...

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