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Victim’s Body Never Found, But Murder Conviction Stands (access required)

The court of appeals concluded that appellant Michael Anthony Edwards was tried for murder in the proper venue and that his conviction was supported by sufficient evidence. Edwards had been romantically involved with the victim, Leyla Namiranian, a Chesterfield resident. ...

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Va. Cir. Ct.: Court Retains Jurisdiction of Child-Custody Dispute (access required)

Despite the mother’s relocation to North Carolina, jurisdiction over divorcing parties’ child-custody dispute will remain in Virginia. After Plaintiff Devin Lipps (husband) and Defendant Amanda Lipps (wife) separated, wife moved to North Carolina with the couple’s minor child. In June ...

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Woman recovers for assault, emotional distress – $1,100,246.57 Verdict (access required)

The assault cause of action arose out of an occurrence on June 20, 2006. Plaintiff Pat Hanson saw defendant Steven Cassidy and members of his family dismantling a fence between the Cassidy property and the Hanson property. When Pat Hanson ...

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For woman pelvic injury from wreck, jury out 23 minutes – $2M Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was a 43-year-old legal secretary from Pennsylvania, who was a front-seat belted passenger on her way to vacation (Busch Gardens) when the vehicle she was riding in was struck from behind two times by a large dump truck ...

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Courts offer subscription services for notices

Virginia’s appellate courts are offering free notification services for court events, such as postings of new opinions and announcements of rule changes. The new subscription services also provide for text messages about court closing notices. The notice services are offered ...

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Harbor worker injured on construction site – $2.7 Million Settlement (access required)

A harbor worker’s product liability claim recently settled for $2,700,000. The claimant sustained serious facial, foot and spine injuries while working at a construction work site. Other terms are confidential.   [17-T-186]   Type of action: Product Liability Injuries alleged: ...

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Social Security – Disability Benefits – Claim Denial – Concentration, Persistence or Pace (access required)

Contrary to plaintiff’s argument, the administrative law judge recognized plaintiff’s overall moderate difficulties with concentration, persistence, or pace; however, evidence from plaintiff’s doctors supported the ALJ’s finding that he would nonetheless be able to stay on task while performing “simple ...

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