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Million Dollar Settlements of 2009

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is pleased to present the “Million Dollar Settlements of 2009,” our annual compilation of big settlements from across the commonwealth. As in past years, our criteria for the list are simple:

1. The settlement must be for at least $1 million.

2. The settlement was reached in calendar year 2009.

3. The settlement involved a dispute with a strong Virginia component.

The 2009 survey features 36 settlements, three fewer than the 2008 list.

  Amount Name of Case Type of Case
1 $14.5 Million Confidential Products Liability
2 $5.5 Million Confidential Personal Injury
3 $5 Million Shoemaker v. Eastern Sleep Products Co. Personal Injury
4 $4.8 Million CTC v. The Logan Sinclair LP Eminent Domain
5 $3.8 Million Town of Smithfield v. Windsor Castle LLC Eminent Domain
6 $3 Million Confidential Personal Injury
7 $2.98 Million Confidential Personal Injury
8 $2.85 Million Confidential Personal Injury
9 $2.725 Million Confidential Personal Injury
10  $2.66 Million Harper v. Heflin Personal Injury
11 (tie) $2.5 Million Confidential Personal Injury
11 (tie) $2.5 Million Confidential Personal Injury
13 (tie) $2.1, $1.1 Million Confidential Personal Injury
13 (tie) $2.1 Million ADI Technologies v. EMW Inc. Contract
15 $2 Million Shinaberry v. KA Bulk Transport LLC Personal Injury
16 $1.8 Million Confidential Personal Injury
17 $1.75 Million Comer v. Duvall Personal Injury
18 (tie) $1.7 Million Ward v. Mercer Personal Injury
18 (tie) $1.7 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
20 $1.625 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
21 $1.6 Million Rowe v. Mechanicsville Concrete Inc. Personal Injury
22 $1.528 Million Finelli v. Commonwealth Medical Malpractice
23 $1.525 Million Trollinger v. Dot Transportation Personal Injury
24 (tie) $1.5 Million Riley v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. Personal Injury
24 (tie) $1.5 Million Confidential Personal Injury
26 $1.475 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
27 $1.275 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
28 $1.26 Million Spencer v. Town of Warrenton Personal Injury
29 $1.25 Million Confidential Personal Injury
30 (tie) $1.2 Million Confidential Medical Malpractice
30 (tie) $1.2 Million Smithers v. City of Richmond Personal Injury
32 $1.1 Million Confidential Personal Injury
33 $1.084 Million Confidential Personal Injury
34 $1.025 Million Fair v. Corral Personal Injury
35 $1.005 Million Elias v. Porter Equipment Products Liability
36 (tie) $1 Million Confidential Personal Injury
36 (tie) $1 Million Owens v. Garcia-Hernandez Personal Injury

If we have missed any million-dollar settlements from 2009, please let us know. We’ll be glad to add that information to the online version of the story so it can be complete as possible. And during the coming year, we would greatly appreciate hearing about verdicts that will make it on next year’s list.

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