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German-speaking attorney helps injured bicyclist recover future costs – $21,000,000 Settlement (access required)

On Oct. 8, 2011, German citizen Michael Sprick was struck by a Hostess bread truck while traveling in Pulaski County. The bread truck driver alleged that he had been forced off the road and into Sprick by a phantom vehicle. ...

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The extra mile: Two solos secure $21M for badly injured bicyclist (access required)

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A federal judge has approved a $21 million settlement, with $7 million in attorneys’ fees, for the severely injured victim of a collision between a bread truck and a bicycle. The settlement is “one of the largest personal injury settlements ...

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Man jailed for intoxication not immediately treated for seizures – $2,700,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was arrested for public intoxication and taken to a regional jail, to be released upon his own recognizance once sober. Several hours after being booked and while still in custody, plaintiff began experiencing seizures consistent with alcohol withdrawal. Over ...

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Defendant Gets Costs, But No Lawyer Fees (access required)

After awarding summary judgment to defendant in plaintiff’s suit for federal trade dress infringement and unfair competition under the Lanham Act, a Roanoke U.S. District Court accepts a magistrate judge’s recommendation and awards defendant cost of $14,551.79, but denies an ...

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Former Client Can’t Disqualify Law Firm (access required)

A Charlottesville U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge denies plaintiff’s motion for removal of defense counsel which seeks to disqualify the law firm of Williams Mullen from representing defendant U.S. Bank National Association on the basis of an alleged conflict because ...

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Fees Recommended in School Prayer Case (access required)

In a plaintiff’s successful Establishment Clause challenge to a county board of supervisors’ practice of opening its meetings with Christian prayer, a magistrate judge for the Danville U.S. District Court recommends awarding plaintiff $53,229.92 in attorney’s fees and costs. Plaintiff ...

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