Tag Archives: Judge Margaret P. Spencer

Judge rejects arbitration in nursing home death case (access required)


A state law governing landlord-tenant relations blocked enforcement of a nursing home arbitration clause under a judge’s ruling in a Richmond wrongful death case. That ruling by Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer will stand for the time being, now ...

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Jury awards compensatory, punitive damages for racial animus – $125,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, a retired Virginia State Trooper sergeant, was working as an unarmed security guard in the early morning hours on Feb. 19, 2012, at the parking deck adjacent to what was then known as the BlackFinn Restaurant. The defendant, ...

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Judge approves plea deal in chef case

Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer has accepted a plea agreement calling for restitution but no jail time for the former executive chef at the governor’s mansion. Todd Schneider was charged with embezzling food and supplies from the governor’s mansion, ...

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‘Civil death penalty’ is OK by high court (access required)

A trial court can impose a “civil death penalty” for discovery abuse, but taking away the right to cross-examine witnesses on damages was “too harsh,” the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The ruling in Nolte v. MT Technology Enterprises ...

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High court to hear case on ‘civil death penalty’ (access required)

A group of business litigators hopes the Supreme Court of Virginia will save them from a “civil death penalty” imposed by a Richmond judge as punishment for discovery abuse, leading to an $11.75 million judgment. Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. ...

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