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Tag Archives: Judge C. Peter Tench

Extent of shoulder injuries was issue in rear-ender suit – $25,000 Verdict (access required)

This was a rear-end collision that resulted in minimal damage to both vehicles. The defendant stipulated to liability. The defendant was un­able to appear at trial because of age-related health problems and testified by deposition that she was travel­ing about ...

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Teacher suffered massive injuries after being hit by drunken driver – $3,500,000 Verdict (access required)

On June 8, 2011, at approximately 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of Lucas Creek Road and Cabell Drive in Newport News, the defendant, while in an intoxicated state, took his eyes off the road to check his cell phone, crossed ...

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‘Turner’ case on lawyer testimony is remanded (access required)

A closely watched case about a lawyer who testified against his ex-client has been remanded – but not on the grounds that observers were expecting. In Turner v. Commonwealth (VLW 012-6-089), the high court said that a trial judge in ...

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Appeal examines lawyer testimony against client (access required)

A Virginia Supreme Court panel is considering whether to allow an appeal in a case where a Newport News man was convicted of a shooting based largely on the testimony of his former defense attorney. If interest by a justice ...

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Judge sets aside $5.225M verdict in Best Buy case (access required)

A Newport News judge has set aside a multimillion dollar personal injury award against electronics retailer Best Buy on the grounds the verdict was excessive. In August, a seven-member jury awarded $5,225,000 to Michael Chavis, who was injured after a ...

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Plaintiff with neck injury gets almost 4 times his last demand – $210,000 Verdict (access required)

On Aug. 17, 2008, a John Doe defendant sideswiped the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing him to crash into a concrete Jersey wall on I-64 in Newport News. John Doe did not stop and was never identified. Plaintiff was 57 years old ...

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Lawyers question logic of attorney testimony case (access required)

In a case that surprised some criminal defense lawyers, the Virginia Court of Appeals approved the use of a lawyer’s testimony against his former client in a decision released earlier this month. In a malicious wounding trial in Newport News, ...

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