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Dad, Not Maternal Grandparents, Gets Custody (access required)

Although a biological father suffers from mild mental retardation and is unemployed, he has maintained contact with the child, whose mother died in 2010, and a Richmond Circuit Court awards physical and joint custody to the father over the objection ...

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Nursing Home Administrator Immune, Nurses Not (access required)

Applying the test for sovereign immunity to defendants in a suit alleging injury at a nursing home operated by the Richmond Hospital Authority, a Richmond Circuit Court says the administrator has immunity from suit, but defendant nurses do not. Plaintiff ...

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No ‘Good Will’ Damages for Malpractice Suit (access required)

On reconsideration, a Richmond Circuit Court says plaintiff, a financial services company, may not seek damages for loss of good will in its legal malpractice action against defendant firm, and the court sustains the law firm’s demurrer and dismisses the ...

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Claim over complications from cervical surgery fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

A 66-year-old female patient underwent an anterior cervical diskectomy and fusion (“ACDF”) surgery. The following afternoon, the patient developed slight one-sided facial and eyelid swelling, and the on-call neurosurgeon was contacted by the nursing staff. The neurosurgeon communicated with the ...

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Nerve root irritation alleged in Hopewell stop-sign crash – $150,000 Verdict (access required)

This accident occurred on Nov. 3, 2008, at 7:55 a.m. in Hopewell, at the intersection of Courthouse Road and Dinwiddie Avenue. The defendant pulled out from a stop sign into the path of the plaintiff’s vehicle. The defense admitted negligence ...

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Arthritis in neck aggravated by collision at intersection – $200,000 Verdict (access required)

An accident occurred on April 30, 2008, on Laburnum Avenue at its intersection with Delmont Street. Plaintiff was traveling 45 miles per hour on Laburnum in the left lane when he came upon a pickup truck pulling a camper in ...

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