Tag Archives: Judge Joseph J. Ellis

How to win cases and influence damages (access required)

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Virginia had mostly good news this month for lawyers seeking damages in state courts. The court opened doors for disgruntled consumers and removed one possible hurdle for litigants seeking punitive damages. The court also made it ...

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Court: Reservation of support not justified (access required)


A trial judge who described an adulterous wife’s conduct as “beyond reprehensible” failed to justify awarding her a reservation of spousal support, the Court of Appeals said when it reversed that decision May 5. Granting a divorce on the ground ...

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Seamstress suffered wrist injuries in auto accident – $468,000 Verdict (access required)

On Sept. 15, 2008, plaintiff was traveling on Brock Road in Spotsylvania when the defendant ran a stop sign and struck the left front of her vehicle. Just after the first defendant struck her, another car slammed into her rear. ...

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High school athlete injured in single-vehicle wreck – $75,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, age 16, was a passenger in his cousin’s vehicle. The vehicle went off the road and struck a tree. At the accident scene, the defendant allegedly apologized to the plaintiff, and told him that she had fallen asleep. Plaintiff ...

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Driver suffers shoulder, back injuries in intersection crash – $115,000 Verdict (access required)

This case arose out of a motor vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Rollingwood Road and Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania County on April 27, 2008. Prior to impact, the plaintiff driver had been stopped at a red light ...

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