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Judge James C. Hawks

Mar 16, 2020

Doctor sued after prescribed medication caused neurological disorder – Defense verdict

Plaintiff was a 57-year-old woman with a long and complicated history of psychiatric illness. She came under the care of the defendant psychiatrist at the Hampton-Newport News CSB in April 2010 and remained under his care until June 2014. During his care of the plaintiff, the defendant psychiatrist prescribed a variety of psychotropic medications to […]

Sep 29, 2017

Hookah bar sued for manager’s failure to stop sexual assault – $225,000 Settlement

Plaintiff, a young woman, patronized a Virginia Beach bar for several hours and be­came intoxicated. She was possibly drugged. The Plaintiff walked out of the bar and passed a nearby hoo­kah lounge. A bouncer working at the lounge approached her. The bouncer con­vinced the visibly impaired plaintiff to accompany him to his truck and they […]

Aug 8, 2016

Pat Down Needed for Hidden Hands

An officer investigating a citizen com­plaint of suspected drug activity after dark, in a neighborhood known for drug and prostitution activity, who encountered a group of five men standing in the roadway, was entitled to pat down defendant, who refused to keep his hands in the officer’s view after two requests; where officer safe­ty is […]

Dec 6, 2010

Tractor-trailer rear ends car, kills passenger – $3,500,000 Settlement

A commercial driver in a tractor-trailer rear-ended a passenger vehicle on Interstate 64 in Norfolk on Dec. 17, 2009. Plaintiff’s decedent was a passenger in the car being operated by a friend who was driving slowly after a tire problem. The two vehicles caught on fire and decedent, a 25-year-old man, was trapped in the […]

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