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Student crushed by motorized partition — $3,500,000 settlement (access required)

Decedent was a 10-year-old student at a Northern Virginia public school. During an after-school program, he was asked by a teacher to help operate a motorized partition that separated two rooms. To better hear the teacher on the other side ...

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Woman’s scalp dislodged by machine lacking safety panels — $8 million settlement (access required)

This is a products liability case arising out of an industrial accident in which plaintiff’s hair became entangled in an unguarded glue roller and drive shaft. On March 5, 2018, the plaintiff, then 40, was working as an operator on ...

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Industrial equipment aggravated man’s arthritis — $750,000 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff suffered a work-related injury while operating industrial equipment, which plaintiff alleged was defectively designed and negligently tested. Plaintiff asserted that the injury-causing event aggravated his pre-existing glenohumeral arthritis, which led to an arthroscopic debridement, partial shoulder replacement and total ...

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No jurisdiction over out-of-state auto parts companies (access required)

Where a woman whose claims against out-of-state automotive components sales and distribution companies included only a “few scattered contacts” with Virginia, there was no demonstration of purposeful activity to establish meaningful contact with the forum state. Therefore, court lacked jurisdiction ...

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Claims against orthopedic device maker dismissed (access required)

Although the plaintiff alleged the knee replacement manufacturer committed gross and ordinary negligence, breached express and implied warranties and should be held strictly liable for design defects, the claims were either preempted by federal law or failed to state a ...

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Coal miner’s suit against respirator companies untimely (access required)

Where coal miner filed his products liability claims against the companies who sold, manufactured, designed and marketed the respirators he used within two years after he was diagnosed with complicated coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, his claims were still barred by the ...

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