Tag Archives: Judge Michael F. Devine

Court Rejects ‘Excessive Fine’ Toll Road Claim (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court rejects a motorist’s claim that an assessment for 157 separate violations of Va. Code § 46.2-819.1 for failure to pay tolls while using the Dulles Toll Road amounts to an excessive and unconstitutional fine. Defendant claims ...

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Airline rep missed four months of work due to auto accident – $243,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff sustained a fractured left wrist in a motor vehicle collision, requiring placement of an external fixator. She missed four months from work at her long time job as a customer service representative for United Airlines at Dulles Airport. Although ...

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Wife in contempt for college fund withdrawals (access required)


A wife faces a contempt citation for violating a settlement agreement that required her to “retain” two college savings accounts for her children. She drained one account of over $81,000, prompting the husband to file a show cause petition asserting ...

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Undiagnosed mass caused sudden death of 1-year-old – Defense Verdict (access required)

Decedent was born on May 11, 2011. The defendant pediatricians treated her from her first day of life and saw her regularly in the office over the next 12 months for routine wellness checks and sick visits. At three months ...

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Lawyer who served time in prison nets legal malpractice award – $5,750,000 Verdict (access required)

A Fairfax jury of five men and two women awarded plaintiff, Bruce McLaughlin, $5.75 million in his legal malpractice case against the law firm of Shevlin Smith. The case is unique in that McLaughlin prevailed in proving his case within ...

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