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Lawyer, once imprisoned, wins $5.75M award (access required)

After being convicted of abusing his own children, spending four years in prison before exoneration, and then battling with his lawyers for 10 years, Bruce McLaughlin may finally see compensation for his travails. A Fairfax County jury last month awarded ...

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Bond Principal ‘Necessary Party’ for Bond Claim (access required)

Although plaintiff Johnson Controls Inc., who provided materials to defendant Norair Engineering for a construction project on which Norair was a subcontractor, named Norair as a defendant in plaintiff’s suit to enforce a mechanic’s lien, plaintiff failed to name Norair ...

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Man with sleep apnea died after shoulder surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff’s decedent was a 49-year-old married father of three adult children who underwent rotator cuff repair surgery at Mary Washington Hospital in March 2007. Dr. Eglevsky was the orthopedic surgeon who performed the surgery and Dr. Dorman was the ...

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Defense denied plaintiff’s injuries were permanent – $702,050 Verdict (access required)

Defendant ran a stop sign and broadsided the plaintiff’ s vehicle. Both vehicles were totaled. Plaintiff, who struck his head on the driver’ s side window, alleged multiple injuries, including injuries to his neck and back, post concussive syndrome, post ...

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Waiver Upheld Despite Language Issues (access required)

Although this 44-year-old murder defendant claims he could not make a knowing, intelligent and voluntary waiver of his rights because of his intellectual disabilities and difficulties, as a speaker of Vietnamese, the Fairfax Circuit Court denies defendant’s motion to suppress ...

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Jury finds for co-defendant in legal malpractice case – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff alleged that her attorneys breached the standard of care in handling her divorce and equitable distribution matter. Because of this alleged breach, she claimed she agreed to enter into a property settlement agreement that provided less than she ...

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Attorney is tagged for malpractice, fraud – $524,975 Verdict (access required)

Defendant represented plaintiff Whyard in her divorce. He never pursued pendente lite spousal support, failed to designate any experts, was deficient in his discovery efforts and took no depositions. He convinced Whyard to accept a settlement one business day before ...

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Agency’s Mental Retardation Rule Overturned (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court says defendant state agency’s denial of Medicaid coverage under the Mental Retardation/Intellectual Disability waiver for a 25-year-old mentally retarded man with an IQ of 54 is an “arbitrary and capricious interpretation” of the diagnostic criteria for ...

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