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WDVA: Fire & rescue contractor immune from ambulance-crash claims (access required)

In a negligence action following the plaintiff’s collision with an ambulance, the volunteer driver’s company was an instrumentality of the state and, thus, exempt from liability arising from its contract with Frederick County. Background Defendant Gore Volunteer Fire Company provides ...

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Va. Cir.: Owner should have known hazard of unmarked step (access required)

After tripping and injuring herself on her way out of a commercial building, a plaintiff won a $60,000 verdict against the building’s owner. The jury found that the step was in an unsafe condition that the owner should have known ...

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EDVA: Court won’t reconsider contributory negligence (access required)

The defendants were not entitled to reconsideration of the court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the plaintiff on the issue of his contributory negligence, as their proposed grounds amounted to mere disagreement with the court’s earlier conclusions. Background In ...

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SCV: Continuing objection too general to preserve error (access required)

After unsuccessfully requesting a foreseeability instruction to the jury, the plaintiff – attempting to avoid numerous objections during the defense’s closing argument – obtained permission to enter a continuing objection, but failed to object with sufficient specificity as to any ...

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SCV: Product redesign proposals must be safer overall (access required)

Although the estate of a plant worker crushed by a lift truck offered a truck redesign that could have prevented that particular worker’s death, there was no evidence that the redesign would lead to fewer total deaths. Thus, the jury’s ...

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WDVA: Plaintiff couldn’t prove notice of hazard (access required)

Defendant Wal-Mart Stores seeks summary judgment in this slip-and-fall case. Virginia law applies. The only evidence in the record is the deposition testimony of Plaintiff Mary Diggs and her companion at Wal-Mart on the day in question. The facts drawn ...

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Va. Cir.: Interlocutory appeal on immunity issues certified (access required)

Concluding that its first-impression immunity rulings would likely lead to an appeal of any trial result, the court stayed proceedings in a negligence action pending interlocutory appeals requested by both parties. Background In January 2014, the City of Norfolk contracted ...

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EDVA: Affirmative defense not provable without expert testimony (access required)

Plaintiff Robert Benedict sues Hankook Tire Company for the production and distribution of an allegedly defective tire. Benedict seeks summary judgment as to the Defendants’ affirmative defense of contributory negligence. Expert opinions lacking The standard of care applicable in this case is ...

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WDVA: Builder’s negligence, not inspectors’, caused loss (access required)

A VDOT contractor that had to tear down and rebuild a bridge due to defective construction could not attribute its losses to either of its two inspection companies. The contractor moved forward with the bridge construction even after both inspectors ...

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SCV: Pediatric expert wrongly disqualified (access required)

The circuit court erred in granting summary judgment against a plaintiff whose only expert as to both standard of care and causation was wrongly excluded. The expert should have been permitted to testify because she met both the knowledge and ...

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