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Tag Archives: Negligence

Child placement agency not vicariously liable for foster parents’ negligence (access required)

Where a child placement agency did not exercise sufficient control over foster parents to be held vicariously liable for their alleged negligence, the mother of the child placed in home could not sue the agency for wrongful death. Background The ...

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Estate could sue companies that sent medication to wrong customer (access required)

Where a woman died more than one month after taking prescription medication intended for another customer that was mistakenly delivered to her house, her estate could pursue claims of negligence against the pharmacy that prescribed the medication and the delivery ...

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Inmate’s wrongful death suit settles for $3 million (access required)

An inmate’s death at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which led to the enactment of legislation outlining procedures for the “review of death of inmates in local correctional facilities,” has now resulted in a $3 million wrongful-death settlement. Background Jamycheal ...

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Injured pedestrian cannot sue county garbage truck driver (access required)

Sovereign immunity bars a suit against a county garbage truck driver who hit and injured a pedestrian while he was driving his route. Background Defendant was driving his garbage collection route when he struck and injured plaintiff while making a ...

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The cost of smoking (access required)

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A Norfolk Circuit Court jury returned a $5 million asbestos verdict for the family of a deceased railroad employee, but cut the verdict to $1 million based on the employee’s smoking habit. The reduction was possible under rules for railroad ...

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