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Va. Cir.: Judgment final as to co-defendant who didn’t appeal

One of two defendants appealing a $24,000 judgment against them cannot add the other defendant to the appeal. General district court judgments are final as to parties who note no appeal. Background In 2016, Denise Johnson rear-ended Defendant Milford Smith, ...

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4th Cir.: Homestead had no notice of ice near walkway fountain

A guest at the Omni Homestead did not demonstrate that the hotel had either actual notice of ice she slipped on or constructive notice, based on the hazardous condition allegedly caused by operating the outdoor fountain in sub-freezing conditions. Background ...

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SCV: Expert necessary to support legal malpractice claim

A plaintiff needed to produce an expert to prove her former attorneys failed to exercise reasonable care, skill, and dispatch. She said counsel had caused her personal injury claim to become time-barred by suing the wrong entity. Background Plaintiff Gigi ...

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Va. Cir.: Family members can recover for wrongful fetal death

The Virginia Wrongful Death Act permits the distribution of damages to statutory beneficiaries of a fetus beyond only the natural mother. Background Plaintiff Ampara Lopez Healey lost her baby toward the end of her pregnancy, resulting in a stillborn birth. ...

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Va. Cir.: Carrier has no lien on claimant’s third-party settlement

A workers’ compensation carrier has no lien for a negotiated lump-sum settlement of a claimant›s future benefits in a tort action against a third party. Under Noblin v. Randolf Corp., 180 Va. 345 (1942), and Slusher v. Paramount Warrior, 336 F. Supp. ...

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Va. Cir.: Carriage ride company not covered by immunity statute

The question whether the Lexington Carriage Company is protected by the limited grant of immunity in Code § 3.2-6200 et seq. may be one of first impression. Cases involving horse-drawn carriages are few in number. Many other states have equine ...

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4th Cir.: City had no duty to protect public from unruly kids

Despite not providing school transportation to students with known disciplinary problems, municipal entities had no duty to stop the students from harming residents of the neighborhoods the students traversed to reach school. Background Richard Fletcher and his wife lived just ...

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4th Cir.: Vets’ tort claims against contractor not justiciable

Waste and water management systems in Iraq and Afghanistan were operationally controlled by the military, not its contractor. Thus, mass tort claims for harms caused by the contractors’ alleged environmental mismanagement were barred by the political question doctrine. Background As ...

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EDVA: New SCOTUS ruling doesn’t bar torture claims

Claims against a U.S. military contractor for its involvement in abuse of Abu Ghraib prison detainees can proceed and are not affected by the U.S. Supreme Court’s April decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank PLC. Background This civil action arises out ...

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