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‘Black Box’ data key in auto death case – $450,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was an 85-year-old widowed female who was in reasonably good health, living alone and self-sufficient. She was a driver killed in a two-vehicle intersection collision. She had been proceeding straight on Braddock Road and the other driver, going ...

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Plaintiff suffered spinal injuries in rear-ender in Fairfax – $60,000 Arbitration Award (access required)

Plaintiff is a 55-year-old female who was the driver of a stopped vehicle heading west on Route 50/Lee Jackson Highway in Fairfax on March 22, 2014. The defendant, while in the scope of his employment with a local car dealership, ...

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Woman developed infection after getting pedicure – $1,003,537 Verdict (access required)

On Oct. 12, 2012, plaintiff went to defendant nail salon for a pedicure. By admission, the salon owner and her employees did not follow industry guidelines and manufacturer recommended procedures when cleaning and disinfecting the pedicure tools and basins between ...

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Woman burned during facial at nail salon – $30,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff went into a local nail salon that also offered facial treatments. She decided to treat herself to a facial. The woman giving the facial proceeded to place extremely hot wax on plaintiff’s already irritated skin to give our client ...

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Marks & Harrison again victimized by theft

An administrator for the Marks & Harrison law firm has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing thousands over an eight-year period. The thefts reportedly took place at the same time that a former Marks & Harrison partner ...

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DesPortes to lead forensic group (access required)

Richmond criminal defense lawyer Betty Layne DesPortes is now the president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. DesPortes, a Fellow in the Academy, had previously served on its board of directors since 2007. She was sworn in as president ...

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Mullen to manage Reed Smith Richmond office (access required)

Reed Smith LLP says Edward A. Mullen is the firm’s new Richmond office managing partner. Mullen succeeds S. Miles Dumville, who served in the role since 2013 and will continue his active commercial litigation practice, the firm said. A graduate ...

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Million-Dollar Settlements 2016 (access required)


Presenting the 2016 compilation Virginia Lawyers Weekly presents the survey of “Million-Dollar Settlements of 2016.” This annual compilation recaps big settlements from across the commonwealth of the past year. Our criteria for making the list are simple: The settlement must ...

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