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Judge: Infant settlement terms must be public (access required)


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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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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Severance damages opinions excluded in easement case (access required)

Where a shipyard claims a natural gas company’s pipeline, constructed on an easement over the shipyard’s property, entitles it to severance damages, the court grants the gas company’s motion to exclude expert opinions on the amount of severance damages. Overview ...

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Woman’s leg broken in bar bouncer’s struggle with drunk — $250,000 verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 35-year-old female, was standing near the bar at the pub at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Another customer was drunk and was seen making unwanted advances to female patrons; therefore, the bartender asked him to leave. The drunk ...

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Pedestrian hit by ‘sunblinded’ driver — $135,000 settlement (access required)

On the morning of July 16, 2018, plaintiff was a lawful pedestrian crossing N. Edison Street at the intersection with Carlin Springs Road in Arlington when he was struck by defendant, who was driving a motor vehicle eastbound on Carlin ...

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