Judge Edward W. Hanson Jr.

Jun 16, 2014

Plaintiff slipped and fell on icy sidewalk at auto dealership – $2,000,000 Verdict

Plaintiff was a 59-year-old Vietnam veteran working as an engineer at the Newport News Shipyard. He went to the defendant’s auto dealership for service on his pickup truck three days after the Christmas blizzard of 2010. As he exited the dealership to find his wife, he turned from the main entrance sidewalk onto a lesser-used […]

Jan 17, 2013

Buyer Wins Specific Performance, Can Close Now

As the defendant has failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that the plaintiff real estate buyer failed to cancel, rescind or otherwise repudiate the purchase contract, the Virginia Beach Circuit Court grants judgment for plaintiff and orders specific performance of the contract. The main defense of defendant seller is that the buyer cancelled […]

Jun 15, 2012

Email was ‘disgusting’ but was not ‘obscene’

An angry doctor’s “disgusting” emails to his ex-wife were not “obscene” under a Virginia criminal law and his conviction for harassment by computer has been overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Where a Court of Appeals majority rejected a narrow interpretation of “obscenity” and embraced instead a broader dictionary definition, the Supreme Court insisted […]

Sep 20, 2010

Plastic surgery patient dies from aspiration pneumonia – $1,950,000 Verdict

The case involved the death of a 36-year-old mother of four after elective, cosmetic plastic surgery, which comprised breast augmentation and mastopexy, abdominoplasty and liposuction, with five hours of general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Plaintiff contended that the defendants failed to adequately monitor the patient post-operatively and discharged her prematurely despite reported breat[...]

Sep 14, 2010

Insurance – Policy Coverage – Excess Liability – UIM – Employer Policy

In this dec action, a Virginia Beach Circuit Court says defendant employee is not entitled to UIM coverage under his employer’s commercial general liability and commercial property policy for the balance of a judgment the employee won after an accident in his personal vehicle while on company business. Plaintiff carrier, GuideOne Mutual, issued a commercial […]

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