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Alexandria Circuit Court

Oct 5, 2015

Bus driver who hit pedestrian had multiple accidents on record – $4,500,000 Verdict

On Aug. 6, 2014, the plaintiff was crossing a crosswalk near the King Street Metro Station in Alexandria, when she was struck by a left-turning bus. She was struck from behind when she was approximately three-quarters across the crosswalk. As a result of being hit, plaintiff was trapped under the front driver’s side tire of […]

Oct 2, 2015

Woman hit by bus is awarded $4.5M

An Alexandria jury has returned a $4.5 million verdict for a woman who was hit by a city bus while crossing the street. Initially a negligence action, the case took a turn after discovery revealed that the driver had a significant history of unsafe driving with the Alexandria Transit Company. Washington attorney Joseph Cammarata, who […]

Sep 24, 2015

Lawyer beats bar discipline charges in estates case

A three-judge circuit court panel this month found in favor of a lawyer accused by the Virginia State Bar of “dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” and other offenses in connection with trusts established for elderly clients. The Alexandria Circuit Court ruling exonerates Alexandria attorney E. Michael Paturis of accusations that he raided a client’s trust […]

Sep 14, 2015

Jury awards policy limits to man injured in rear-end collision – $100,000 Verdict

In 2011, while attempting to merge onto Duke Street from Van Dorn Street in Alexandria, the plaintiff was rear-ended by the defendant. Although the defendant was driving a sedan and the plaintiff was in a truck, the impact totaled the plaintiff’s vehicle. Before the collision, plaintiff was extremely active, running a few times per week […]

Jul 15, 2015

Lawyer accused of self-dealing in handling of family assets

A long simmering battle over millions in family assets has led to a 14-count lawsuit demanding $48 million from an Alexandria lawyer, his law firm and three other people. Attorney Bruce W. Henry is accused in a 90-page complaint of taking control of valuable commercial real estate which an Alexandria businessman intended to convey to […]

Nov 3, 2014

Plaintiff claims surgeon used outdated procedure – Defense Verdict

The 71-year-old plaintiff underwent a laparascopic cholecystectomy on May 21, 2008, for acute and chronic cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder) and gall stones (cholelithiasis). Intra-operatively, the defendant surgeon found a severely taut and inflamed gall bladder. Otherwise, the surgery was uneventful, and she saw no need to convert to an open procedure. Post-operatively, the [&helli[...]

Sep 15, 2014

Subcontractor’s mishap caused hydrochloric acid spill – $7,250,000 Settlement

This litigation involved a June 2011 hydrochloric acid spill at Micron’s Manassas microchip factory. A worker for a Safway subcontractor dropped a scaffolding deck board. The board broke a pipe carrying concentrated hydrochloric acid. More than 4,000 gallons of acid spilled, spawning a toxic cloud that deposited acid and chlorides throughout the facility. Nobody was […]

Sep 5, 2014

Despite diagnosis of brain swelling, patient not referred to surgeon – $4,000,000 Verdict

This case arose from medical care provided to the plaintiff at INOVA Mt. Vernon Rehabilitation Hospital by defendant doctor from Sept. 14 to Oct. 9, 2010. Plaintiff contended that he is now permanently blind because, while under defendant’s care, he developed an extremely elevated intracranial pressure caused by hydrocephalus. Plaintiff was in a single vehicle […]

Feb 13, 2014

Plaintiff underwent two wrist surgeries after crash – $190,000 Settlement

Plaintiff, a 30-year-old female, was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another vehicle. Both drivers claimed to have had the green light. The driver who struck the plaintiff’s vehicle was intoxicated. However, two eyewitnesses indicated that the driver of the plaintiff’s vehicle ran the red light. The amount of insurance coverage for […]

Dec 14, 2013

T-bone crash resulted in knee pain and memory issues – $190,000 Settlement

The 29-year-old plaintiff was t-boned in an intersection. She suffered bruised patella in the left knee, concussion, memory issues and right knee pain. Defendant was an 83-year-old man. The case settled via negotiations after suit was filed. [13-T-174] Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident Injuries alleged: Bruised patella in the left knee, concussion, […]

Jun 10, 2013

Property manager sued using rare ‘land trust’ law – Defense Verdict

After an eight-day trial, an Alexandria jury awarded a defense verdict in a case involving a rare legal instrument known as a “land trust.” The essence of a land trust is that title to the property is held by a designated trustee, but actual control is left in the hands of beneficiaries who are not […]

Jun 6, 2013

Rare land trust at heart of court battle

During Prohibition, a land trust made perfect sense. The unusual form of property ownership allows one or more owners to place their property in trust, with a trustee managing day-to-day operations. The twist: The true owners, whose identity remains confidential, actually retain the power to direct the trustee, manage the property and draw income from […]

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