Tag Archives: Augusta County Circuit Court

Tractor-trailer turned in front of car, killing two on Christmas Eve — $1 million settlement (access required)

Type of Action: Tractor-trailer accident/wrongful death Court: Augusta County Circuit Court Settlement/Verdict: Settlement Amount: $1,000,000 Plaintiff’s Counsel: John C. Shea, Richmond; Kevin T. Hadden, Harrisonburg Insurance Carrier: Canal Insurance Company Description of Case: A grandmother and grandson were killed on ...

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Self-employed potter had head injury in rear-ender – $215,000 settlement (access required)

On Nov. 3, 2017, the plaintiff was returning home on Route 254 in Augusta County. Plaintiff slowed after signaling to turn into her driveway when her 2005 Hyundai was struck in the rear by a 2006 Ford pickup driven by ...

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Judges across state differ on ‘reptile’ tactics (access required)


Virginia courts may not have felt the reptile’s strike, but judges are taking different approaches with the prospect of plaintiff’s lawyers armed with psychological jury appeals. At issue is the “reptile” litigation tactic: an appeal to jurors’ subconscious fears that ...

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Nerve severed during wisdom teeth extraction – $625,000 Verdict (access required)

Dr. Burgoyne, an oral surgeon, extracted the four developing wisdom teeth of a 12-year-old girl in August 2014. In the process of doing so, Dr. Burgoyne completely severed the child’s lingual nerve on one side (there are two nerves which ...

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Court: Judges can advocate on courthouse issues (access required)


Two judges who vigorously advocated against a courthouse relocation referendum did not commit judicial misconduct, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The unanimous court dismissed judicial ethics charges against Senior Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph Bumgardner III and retired ...

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Bar leaders, ACLU back judges’ right to advocate (access required)


A group of 23 former presidents of the Virginia Bar Association, as well as two civil liberties organizations, have come to the defense of two Virginia  judges accused of improper political activity. The former VBA presidents filed a friend of ...

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