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Lawyer sued after murder of process server (access required)

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It’s a daily occurrence for family lawyers. The client wants a divorce, the lawyer has prepared the pleadings, and it’s time to get the official papers delivered to the opposing party. The local sheriff’s office can do the job – ...

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Driver killed instantly in head-on collision with dump truck – $3,850,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent, a 40-year-old husband and father of three young children, was killed on impact when a dump truck collided head-on with his vehicle. The collision occurred in decedent’s lane, and the decedent had no time to react. The defendant truck ...

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6-year-old girl drowned at apartment complex pool – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

This was a premises liability/wrongful death case, stemming from a drowning that occurred on July 1, 2011. The defendants were the apartment owners, the apartment management company, and the company hired to manage the pool and supply a trained lifeguard. ...

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Husband liable for $8M in wife’s snowstorm death (access required)


Despite a medical examiner’s initial conclusion that a Westmoreland County woman committed suicide, a jury this month decided the woman’s husband was complicit in her 2010 death and awarded the wife’s estate $8 million. The result in the unusual civil ...

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Jury finds husband was liable for wife’s death – $8,000,000 Verdict (access required)

On Feb. 5, 2010, the decedent, Sally Rumsey, went “missing” from her country home in Westmoreland County. Her husband, Stephen Andersen, claimed he was in the woods walking the dogs when his wife disappeared. He said that they had argued ...

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Dec action dismissed as part of police shooting settlement – $300,000 Settlement (access required)

This case arose out of the shooting of Patricia Cook by Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright of the Culpeper Police Department. Cook’s husband qualified as administrator of her estate, and sued Harmon-Wright for wrongful death. That case was stayed pending Harmon-Wright’s criminal ...

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Two family members killed in Interstate collision – $4,550,000 Settlement and $2,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedents, a 71-year-old driver and her 17-year-old female passenger, were in an automobile traveling on the Interstate, when the car directly ahead became disabled and slowed in order to exit onto the shoulder of the highway.  The decedent driver, a ...

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Adult children deemed beneficiaries in wrongful death settlement – $635,000 Settlement (access required)

On March 5, 2013, the 79-year-old decedent was driving south toward Harrisonburg on Route 11. At the same time, defendant was driving a poultry litter delivery truck for his employer, headed north on Route 11. Defendant suddenly drove off the ...

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