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Path to getting court to seal record not always clear


By Erik Baines Statutes and the common law govern the court’s authority to seal (or sequester) its re­cord. See generally Shenandoah Pub. House, Inc. v. Fanning, 235 Va. 25 (1988). The common law has long-recognized a public right to access ...

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Driver stopped at red light, did not look up before moving – $100,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff and her mother had driven together to the plaintiff’s gym on May 20, 2014. The plaintiff’s mother, a native and part-time resident of the People’s Republic of China, decided to walk home from the gym at approximately 9:30 ...

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Carriers have no pre-trial duty to settle (access required)

CarCrash - FEA

The Supreme Court of Virginia has resolved a long-simmering split among circuit courts on whether auto accident victims can insist on a good faith settlement offer from their own insurance companies when a wrongdoer cannot cover the damages. Insurance companies ...

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Mediated ‘Term Sheet’ was a binding contract (access required)

Contract signing

Lawyers and their clients wrap up a marathon mediation session with a seasoned professional mediator in a multi-million dollar case. After 12 hours at the table with retired circuit judge Arthur Vieregg, the lawyers draw up a six-paragraph “Term Sheet” ...

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Car wreck case settled for $500K over available insurance – $1,473,000 Settlement (access required)

On July 2, 2015, a defendant dump truck driver rounded a blind curve on Evergreen Mill Road near Aldie. The dump-truck driver failed to heed warning signs and rumble strips cautioning drivers to watch for stopped vehicles. The dump truck ...

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Condo community had been warned about snakes, woman bit on ankle – $23,000 Settlement (access required)

A 30-year-old wom­an was attacked by a poisonous snake just feet outside of her home in a condomini­um community. She was immediately tak­en to the emergency room and was there for several hours and even had to return the next ...

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