Tag Archives: Judge David A. Melesco

Bacterial infection worsened after discharge from hospital – Defense Verdict (access required)

The defendant general surgeon operated on plaintiff, a 59-year-old male, on May 27, 2010. Plaintiff presented with cholelithiasis and acute cholecystitis. He underwent an urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy that was converted to an open procedure after his gallbladder ruptured, spilling a ...

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Virginia Right to Farm Act protects orchard hedgerow – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiffs live in close proximity to land owned by the defendants, which has operated for many years as a pear farm known as Virginia Gold Orchard. Defendants constructed a hedgerow (plaintiffs referred to it as a “debris pile”) around their ...

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Man shot and killed by police while fleeing pot bust – $1,400,000 Verdict (access required)

This shooting took place in the early evening at a Sheetz gas station on Route 58 in Halifax County on July 2, 2008. The entire incident was caught on surveillance video. Neal Seamster, age 22, had purchased a small amount ...

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Passenger should have known driver was drunk, defense alleges – $125,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 19-year-old student, was a passenger in the back seat of defendant’s vehicle. Defendant and another passenger had been drinking prior to picking up the plaintiff. Defendant drove 15 or more miles on back roads to pick up the ...

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