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Driver has chronic back pain from crash at intersection – $300,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, a 51-year-old female, was T-boned while doing approximately 45 mph on a four-lane suburban road. The defendant, a cab driver, was shooting across the highway from one shopping center to another and claimed he never saw the plaintiff. ...

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Insurance – Policy Coverage – Employer Vehicles (access required)

In personal injury litigation arising from an accident in which each party was driving an employer’s vehicle, a Richmond Circuit Court sorts out the insurance policy coverage for the injured plaintiff and holds that “stacking” is not permitted. Plaintiff Roberta ...

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Civil Procedure – Evidence – Massie Rule (access required)

A defendant cannot invoke the Massie v. Firmstone rule to challenge plaintiff’s representations in a related criminal prosecution in federal court, but the Richmond Circuit Court says the parties should consider application of the doctrines of collateral estoppel and res ...

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Medical Malpractice – Post-Operative Care – Burns On Legs – Negligent Supervision (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court says there is no cause of action for negligent supervision in Virginia and dismisses a claim against a supervisor of other nurses in this med-mal action alleging negligent post-operative care resulting in injuries from burns or ...

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Employment Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Vendor Conduct (access required)

A woman who alleges she was terminated after she complained about unwelcome and unwanted sexual advances and rude and inappropriate sexual comments to her by a vendor who visited her workplace, has stated a claim for hostile work environment under ...

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Real Estate – Tax Assessment – Warehouse Into Apartment (access required)

The city’s tax assessment of a renovated warehouse converted to a residential apartment complex is not legally erroneous for the tax years 2005 through 2007, and the Richmond Circuit Court denies the taxpayer’s petition for correction of an erroneous assessment. ...

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Attorneys – Motion To Disqualify – Conflict (access required)

In this dispute between the minority and majority owners of an LLC, a Richmond Circuit Court denies defendant majority owner’s motion to disqualify counsel for the minority owner on the basis of a conflict between counsel’s representation of the minority ...

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Denied $3M jury verdict against hotel, slip-and-fall plaintiff plans appeal (access required)

A slip-and-fall plaintiff who won a $3.1-million jury verdict against a Richmond hotel owner can collect only $500,000 under the ruling of a Richmond judge who refused to allow an increase in the damages demand. The jury award, which exceeded ...

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