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Tag Archives: Judge Joseph J. Ellis

Motorcyclist injured trying to avoid vehicle in wrong lane — $1.1M verdict (access required)

Type of action: Personal injury Injuries alleged: Collarbone fracture, six broken ribs and two thoracic spine compression fractures Name of case: Blue v. Foster Court: Spotsylvania County Circuit Court Case no.: CL16-785 Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: ...

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Unfinished business: Assembly departs without filling Supreme Court seats (access required)

Virginia General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly ended its regular 2022 session on March 12 without electing judges to fill two openings on the Supreme Court of Virginia. Legislators did elect 30 trial court judges late in the session. They also clashed over ...

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Driver found not liable for injuries in red light accident — Defense verdict (access required)

Type of action: Auto accident/personal injury Injuries alleged: Plaintiff claimed orthopedic injuries to neck and shoulder (resolved) as well as permanent lumbar spine injuries Court: Stafford County Circuit Court Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge Joseph J. ...

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Plaintiff must pay defendants’ fees and costs (access required)

A plaintiff was liable for the defendants’ fees and costs because the plaintiff’s claims lacked merit and its conduct was unreasonable. Background On Dec. 20, 2016, Valador filed a second amended complaint against defendants HTC Corporation, HTC America, Inc. and ...

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Gynecologist was not negligent in performing hysterectomy – Defense Verdict (access required)

Annette Clements alleged that the defendant gynecologist negligently injured her right ureter during a laparoscopic hysterectomy on May 14, 2014. The patient had been diagnosed with symptomatic fibroids and an enlarged uterus and authorized the defendant gynecologist to surgically remove ...

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Va. Cir.: Driver’s statements to insurer discoverable (access required)

A defendant driver said in his deposition that he couldn’t remember key details of a car crash, but his pre-suit description of the crash to his insurance company was not entitled to work-product privilege. Background Plaintiff Angel Monterrozo was injured ...

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How to win cases and influence damages (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia had mostly good news this month for lawyers seeking damages in state courts. The court opened doors for disgruntled consumers and removed one possible hurdle for litigants seeking punitive damages. The court also made it ...

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