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Judge Christopher W. Hutton

Supreme Court of Virginia
Jan 23, 2023

The Supreme Court of Virginia certifies Eighth Circuit vacancy

The Supreme Court of Virginia certified a pending judicial vacancy in the Eighth Judicial Circuit, stating the vacancy “should be filled in the manner prescribed by law.” The high court announced the certification on Jan. 12 in a letter to Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Hampton Circuit Court […]

Feb 22, 2019

Woman’s bladder injured during hysterectomy – $1,010,910 Verdict

Plaintiff, a 48-year-old female, underwent a laparoscopic hysterectomy, later converted to an open procedure, on Oct. 3, 2013, performed by the defendant OB-GYN and his partner. In the three days following surgery, plaintiff was unable to void, with suspicion of a bladder or ureteral injury. On Oct. 6, 2013, after an inconclusive cystogram on Oct. […]

Aug 25, 2014

Judges allow disclosure of medical ‘metadata’

Medical records have come a long way from the “clipboard hung on the foot of the bed,” in the words of one judge, and hospitals are increasingly being asked to turn over the digital data behind the modern electronic medical chart. The so-called “audit trail” or “metadata” embedded in the software for medical documentation can […]

Jun 13, 2014

Audit Trail Metadata Is Discoverable

In this medical malpractice case, a Hampton Circuit Court orders defendant hospital to provide its Policies and Procedures Manual, as well as the requested Audit Trail, including metadata. Many Virginia circuit courts have ruled on this issue within the last 30 years. One most prolific writer has been Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Virginia […]

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