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Judge: Infant settlement terms must be public

Litigants settling a child’s medical malpractice claim cannot keep the terms secret under Virginia law that requires a judge’s approval of the compromise, a circuit judge has ruled. The decision underscores transparency principles established in a 2008 Virginia Supreme Court ...

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Vehicle stop for ‘flipping the bird’ is unconstitutional

Displaying the middle finger to a police officer was an insufficient reason for a vehicle stop, and where no other lawful reason for the stop existed, the officer was not entitled to immunity and judgment was entered in the passenger’s ...

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‘Surface water’ exclusion applies to water pooled on roof

The court agreed with the majority of courts around the country that, in an insurance contract exclusion for “surface water,” that term includes water on a roof. Because the property damage claim arose from water that ponded on the insured’s ...

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Prevailing party in coal shipping dispute entitled to relief

The prevailing party in a breach of contract case involving the shipping of coal is excused from future performance because of the defendant’s breach. But it was not entitled to rescission because the defendant partially performed and there was no ...

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Staffer who listened to prosecutor, magistrate gets immunity

Where an investigator with the sheriff’s office did not cause arrest warrants on dog theft and obstruction of justice charges to be issued he was insulated from liability. And where he relied on the opinion of the commonwealth’s attorney and ...

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