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VSB Disciplinary Actions: May 11 issue (access required)

On April 29, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board summarily suspended the license of Cheryl S. Thomas of Virginia Beach pursuant to rules governing board procedures upon impairment.

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Ruth Ellen Kuhnel (access required)

Roanoke attorney Ruth Ellen Kuhnel died May 2. She was 58. Born in Mississippi, Ms. Kuhnel pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Mississippi and earned her law degree from the Washington & Lee University law school. Ms. Kuhnel ...

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Driver passed out due to heavy coughing, rearended woman — $200,000 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was rearended on an Interstate 564 exit ramp as she was waiting to enter the naval base for work. She was transported from the scene by an ambulance to a local emergency room with complaints of cervical pain and ...

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Henry Jarvis (access required)

Richmond lawyer Randolph C. Robertson died April 22. He was 60. A Richmond native, Mr. Robertson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia; he earned his law degree from the Washington & Lee University law school in 1985. ...

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Man suffered herniations in low-impact rearender — $400,000 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a 50-year-old male involved in a low-speed rear-impact motor vehicle collision in March 2019 in Clarke County. There was a near month-long gap in care as plaintiff attempted to self-medicate despite ongoing discomfort. He began conservative treatment with ...

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Man riding in hotel van suffered TBI, stroke — $400,000 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a passenger in December 2017 in a hotel van traveling from National Airport to a hotel in Arlington County. No seat belts were available. Van operator was allegedly reckless and hit a curb or made an abrupt stop. ...

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Video upload satisfies child porn ‘transportation’ element (access required)

Where the defendant moved a video containing child pornography from his laptop to a Dropbox, he satisfied the “transportation” element, even if there was no evidence that he shared, attempted to share or intended to share the video. Background Robert ...

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020-2-085 – United States v. Fall

United States v. Fall, Appeal No. 18-4673, April 3, 2020. 4th Cir. (Quattlebaum), from EDVA at Norfolk (Morgan). Mark Diamond for Appellant, Elizabeth Marie Yusi for Appellee. VLW 020-2-085. 22 pp. Full-Text Opinion

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Change of circumstances negated arbitration exclusion (access required)

Where an agreement involving defense contractors excluded Title VII claims from arbitration “unless and until federal law no longer prohibits the Firm from mandating arbitration of such claims,” and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP no longer performs the work that prohibited mandatory arbitration, ...

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020-2-084 – Ashford v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Ashford v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Appeal No. 18-1958, April 3, 2020. 4th Cir. (Quattlebaum), from DSC at Columbia (Currie). Helgi C. Walker for Appellant, John Charles Ormond Jr. for Appellee. VLW 020-2-084. 12 pp. Full-Text Opinion

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