Tag Archives: Virginia Beach Circuit Court

Ophthalmology practice found not negligent in post-op treatment — Defense verdict (access required)

Type of action: Medical malpractice Injuries alleged: Permanent corneal scarring, permanent visual deficiencies Name of case: Hartranft v. Anonymous Ophthalmology Practice Court: Virginia Beach Circuit Court Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge James C. Lewis Date resolved: ...

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Bridge and tunnel district immune from tort claim (access required)

Where a truck driver died from hypothermia and drowning in Chesapeake Bay after the tractor-trailer he was driving went through a guardrail, sovereign immunity bars claims by the driver’s estate against the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel (CBBT) District. Overview ...

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Tobacco products in plain view no basis for car search (access required)

Even though police saw tobacco products in plain view after stopping a vehicle, in which all occupants were too young to legally possess tobacco products, this did not justify a vehicle search. Defendant’s motion to suppress cocaine found during the ...

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Handwritten document treated as decedent’s will (access required)

Petitioners have established by clear and convincing evidence that the decedent intended an unwitnessed  document handwritten by another but signed by the decedent to constitute her will. Background About a month before she died, Watkins, the decedent, signed a document ...

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Man recovers after collision with uninsured driver – $512,947, plus interest, verdict (access required)

A 43-year-old Virginia Beach resident was injured when his personal truck was struck on the interstate by an uninsured driver who lost control entering the highway and T-boned the plaintiff. Plaintiff’s truck spun and hit the jersey wall multiple times, ...

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Lawyer sued over laser treatment, defendants prevail – Defense verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a lawyer, alleged that defendants negligently failed to advise her of all of the risks and potential complications of a cosmetic laser procedure. Plaintiff claimed that defendants disregarded contraindications to the procedure; as a result, plaintiff suffered permanent scarring, ...

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Demurrer sustained in defamation action (access required)

Defendants’ demurrer in this defamation action is sustained because plaintiff has not sufficiently alleged that the complained-of statements were false. Alleged defamation Plaintiff Presler complains about five statements made in defendants’ advertisement: “a) Presler is the ‘leader of a local ...

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Tension between courthouse access and security (access required)


Courthouse security is cracking down across Virginia. Despite calls for relaxed cellphone policies in Virginia courthouses, many sheriffs are still reluctant to allow visitors to bring their phones past the security desk. In some locations, lawyers are facing stricter security ...

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Driver ran red light, broadsided longshoreman – $400,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff suffered serious orthopedic injuries when he was struck by a careless box truck driver who ran a red light and broadsided plaintiff. The defendant was forced to admit fault because two independent witnesses confirmed it. Plaintiff offered expert testimony ...

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