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Legislators seek court studies

Virginia lawmakers are proposing to study trial judges’ caseloads and the jurisdiction of the Court of Appeals. House Bill 745 would give the Supreme Court until October of next year to perform a “weighted caseload” study of judicial work and ...

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One toke over the line

A federal judge cited that ‘70s anthem last week when he decided a mine worker who hadn’t toked up since high school should get a chance to return to work. Employer Dickenson-Russell Coal Company had a strict “zero tolerance” drug ...

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Doan v. Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. (access required)

Type of case: Personal Injury Court: Fairfax County Circuit Court Attorney: Douglas B. Wessel, Reston Summary: A “friendly bear hug” by an employee at a Fairfax County Lowe’s resulted in a customer’s spinal cord injury. The employee, who is 6’2 ...

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Jafer v. DiMattina MD (access required)

Type of case: Medical Malpractice Court: Arlington County Circuit Court Attorneys: Malcolm P. McConnell III and Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Summary: A 30-year-old woman suffered a stroke after undergoing in vitro fertilization therapy. She alleged that the defendant physician was ...

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McDougle v. Bruggeman (access required)

Type of case: Wills & Estates Court: Hanover County Circuit Court Attorney: Thomas G. Haskins, Richmond Summary: A daughter left out of her father’s will won a jury verdict overturning the will and awarding her the entire $2 million estate. ...

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Robinson v. Furman (access required)

Type of case: Wrongful Death Court: Richmond Circuit Court Attorneys: Mark Krudys, Richmond Summary: The Richmond City Sheriff and his former chief jail doctor were hit with a $2.4 million verdict for the 2008 death of an inmate from pneumonia ...

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