Tag Archives: Williamsburg/James City County Circuit Court

Husband said his ‘firing’ was ‘mutual’ (access required)

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A husband could not terminate spousal support payments by refashioning his firing to fit under the parties’ property settlement agreement, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The PSA signed by William and Elizabeth Strack in 2010 called for the ...

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Suit for breach of privacy fails – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff sued defendant substance abuse treatment facility in a medical malpractice action for the alleged negligent and unauthorized disclosure of plaintiff’s medical records. As a part of plaintiff’s alleged breach of privacy, plaintiff contended that defendant breached certain federal laws ...

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Nursing home resident dies from head injury – Confidential Settlement (access required)

This case involved a mandatory arbitration clause in a nursing home contract.  However, the court denied the defendant’s motion to compel arbitration because the person signing the contract had no legal authority to act for or bind the resident. Plaintiff’s decedent was ...

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Patient’s death blamed on delay in treatment – $150,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent, a 77-year-old female, died in the Williamsburg Community Hospital of a ventricular tachycardiac arrhythmia. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant cardiologist and emergency room group failed to treat her in a timely fashion. Decedent had a prosthetic heart valve installed ...

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Oral agreement for option disputed in real estate case – $2,845,000 Verdict (access required)

This case stemmed from a joint venture involving speculation in real estate. A written contract allowed plaintiff to recover his investment if he exercised an option within certain period. An oral agreement extended that option period. Defendant denied the oral ...

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Negligence – Arbitration – Nursing Home Suit (access required)

A Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court denies defendant nursing home’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that signing of the nursing home contract document by plaintiff decedent’s son, as personal representative, did not legally bind his mother to the contract and ...

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Plaintiff alleges switch of medication by pharmacy – $125,000 Verdict (access required)

On June 11, 2005, the plaintiff filled two prescriptions at the pharmacy at the Ukrop’s grocery store in Williamsburg. The medications were apparently switched and over the summer, while he thought he was taking his thyroid replacement hormone medication, plaintiff ...

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Co-worker alleges former judge defamed her in bid to keep seat – $456,000 Verdict (access required)

A Williamsburg/James City County jury returned a $456,000 defamation and breach of contract verdict on Jan. 29 against former Newport News Circuit Court Judge Verbena Askew in favor of former Hampton/Newport News Drug Court Administrator Brenda Collins. Eight people (seven ...

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Student injured in fall through uncovered window well – $1,100,000 Verdict  (access required)

Plaintiff was a student at the College of William and Mary in October 2003, when she attended as a social guest a party given by Beta Theta Pi at its on-campus house. During the party she and several friends went ...

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