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Eleven-year med-mal saga ends in settlement – $850,000 Settlement

The malpractice occurred in 2007. Suit was originally filed in 2008. The case went to trial in 2011 and resulted in a defense verdict. The verdict was set aside based on alleged juror misconduct. The case was reset for trial ...

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Petitioner lacked authorization for successive habeas petition

Because petitioner failed to obtain the Fourth Circuit’s authorization to file a successive  habeas petition as required under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, the court lacks jurisdiction and the claim must be dismissed. Background Plaintiff has ...

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City attorney’s discrimination claims dismissed

In a Deputy City Attorney’s lawsuit asserting various discrimination claims, the court granted Defendant City of Hampton’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, but with limited leave to amend with allegations supporting disparate treatment. Plaintiff Veronica Meade is an African-American ...

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Key given to drunk, entrustment claim settles during trial – $8 Million Settlement

While slowing to stop at a traffic signal on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, in the City of Newport News, plaintiff’s sedan was struck from behind at a high rate of speed by a work truck driven by the defendant driver, ...

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Jury Can Hear Quid Pro Quo Harassment Claim

Although plaintiff probation officer’s supervisor purportedly was only being a “caring supervisor” when he rubbed her hand with his thumb and said he “hoped they could work something out” so she could keep her job, plaintiff has presented a jury ...

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Woman hurt ankle in slip on ice, complex had not treated sidewalk – $500,000 Verdict

The plaintiff, a resident of a 200-unit townhome and apartment rental complex in Virginia Beach, suffered a se­vere dislocation and fractures of her right ankle when she fell on snow and ice in a common area of the housing complex. ...

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