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Patient’s Rights Statute Supports Negligence Per Se (access required)

In a psychiatric patient’s suit alleging sexual assault by a hospital staff member, the Lynchburg Circuit Court overrules defendant hospital’s demurrers and holds that plaintiff has stated a claim under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and a claim for negligence ...

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Job Reference Complaint States Defamation Claim (access required)

A former tax auditor for the Virginia Employment Commission who alleges she was not rehired to a temporary position because of defendants’ references stating she “sent threatening emails” to one defendant and “threatened to stab her supervisor” during her prior ...

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Defamation Claim Based on Workers’ Comp Form (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia revives plaintiff’s claim that defendant physician defamed him when she falsely stated on a workers’ compensation form that defendant had post-traumatic stress disorder; the circuit court acted prematurely in holding that a medical opinion is ...

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Wrongful repossession damaged businessman’s reputation – $2,092,750 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s Jeep Cherokee was wrongfully repossessed on May 27, 1998. On July 20, 2015, plaintiff’s case for wrongful repossession (trespass and conversion) was tried by a jury of seven in the Richmond Circuit Court presided over by Judge Phillip L. ...

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