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Virginia Tort Claims Act used in defamation suit – $125,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff alleged in a complaint filed pursuant to the Virginia Torts Claims Act that a report published online by a state agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia in March 2013 defamed her. The jury found that the defendant had committed ...

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Lawyer discipline changes aim for clarity

The Virginia State Bar is seeking comments on two proposed changes to bar discipline rules to establish application of the “clear and convincing” standard and to clarify the definition of “Disciplinary Record.” The VSB’s Committee on Lawyer Discipline approved the ...

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Workers’ comp phone numbers are changed

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is moving and its phone numbers have changed. All fax and phone numbers starting with 804-367 have been updated, the commission said in an email announcement. Those 367 phone numbers no longer work, the agency said. All toll-free ...

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Pedestrian struck in crosswalk, contrib was issue – $100,000 Arbitration Award (access required)

Plaintiff was seriously injured when he was crossing a busy intersection and struck by the defendant motorist. Following the collision, the defendant told the investigating police officer that he had a red traffic signal as he approached the intersection, came ...

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Woman suffered spine problems after rear-ender – $200,000 Settlement (access required)

Defendant rear-ended the vehicle in which plaintiff was a passenger. At the scene he admitted taking his eyes off the road before the collision. During litigation he admitted negligence which was a proximate cause of the collision. The day following ...

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Motorcyclist recovers small amount in wreck with minivan – $4,509 Verdict (access required)

Defendant turned left out of a McDonald’s parking lot into the path of plaintiff, who was riding a motorcycle. Plaintiff struck the side of defendant’s minivan. Defendant admitted she was negligent for failing to see plaintiff, but disputed liability because ...

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