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Tag Archives: Judge Cheryl V. Higgins

Plaintiff suffered injuries when driver failed to brake in slowing traffic — $150,000 verdict (access required)

Type of action: Personal injury Injuries alleged: Neck and back injuries including non-displaced fracture of C7 vertebrae and interspinous ligamentous sprains at C2-C3, C3-C4 and C4-C5 Name of case: Sullivan v. Penna Court: Albemarle County Circuit Court Case no.: CL19-1478 ...

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Justices part ways on vicarious liability (access required)

The case of a nursing home patient raped by a staff member split the Supreme Court of Virginia in its position on vicarious liability. The justices largely agree that an employer’s liability under the doctrine of respondeat superior is best ...

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Lifting the cover on the auto exception (access required)

A brief police search in a Charlottesville driveway in 2013 could lead the U.S. Supreme Court to define the scope of permissible warrantless searches. Arguments are scheduled Jan. 9 on whether the constitutional rules for vehicle searches are different when ...

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Podiatrist didn’t repair ankle properly – $225,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff experienced a trimalleo­lar ankle fracture as a result of a fall from a retaining wall. The defendant podiatrist repaired two of the frac­tures but did not repair the posterior malleolus fragment. Approximate­ly 18 months later the ankle migrated posteriorly ...

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Court awards defendants $429K in attorneys’ fees and costs – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiffs brought a three-count complaint seeking $2.7 million related to purchase of a business from defendants. Claims included breach of contract and fraud in the inducement. Plaintiffs also sought recovery of attorneys’ fees pursuant to the parties’ contract. Defendants counterclaimed ...

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