There is a law in Virginia (VA) called the Dram Shop Law that provides immunity to bar owners and other commercial establishments who serve alcohol to a patron who ends up harming someone on the road as a drunk driver. The same immunity protects individuals who throw parties in their homes even when they knowingly serve too much to drink to an intoxicated person who kills someone with their car....
The Washington Post has a guy in the courthouse doing a live "hour by hour/witness by witness" blog of the silliest lawsuit currently pending in any court in the country. You'll remember that some judge has sued the local dry cleaners for a whopping $65 million dollars for losing his pants. (They found them later, but details... details....)This suit has been widely and soundly condemned by...
Insurance company advertising seems to involve lots of jokes these days. Obviously, some advertising executive has convinced the insurance companies that they can increase their profits [44 billion in 2006] and market share by having comic ads about insurance. If you watch TV you've seen these insurance company ads, like the one for Zurich Insurance Company who shows gags about people yelling...
For some folks in Tidewater, Virginia (VA) it is a matter of pride that they are from Portsmouth, Virginia (VA) v. Newport News, Virginia (VA), v. Smithfield, Virginia (VA). When it comes to car wreck cases though, it makes no difference whether your injury lawyer works in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, or Suffolk, Virginia (VA). The key is to get the best auto accident attorney available. In a...
Authored by: Randall AppletonAs an attorney living in Portsmouth, Virginia, I have noticed in our local papers that serious motor vehicle wrecks occur on a regular basis in all the Tidewater cities: Portsmouth, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk and Chesapeake. An important point for passengers in vehicles involved in such wrecks is that they often have two potential claims for damages arising...
An anti-trust lawsuit has been filed against Norfolk Southern Railway Company alleging that the Norfolk, Virginia (VA) based railroad and 4 major rail carriers conspired to price gouge. The Federal Government's Surface Transportation Board regulates the rates that major railroads charge to their customers. This lawsuit accuses Norfolk Southern of conspiring to set prices especially gas...
To a certain extent, some lawyers have made things even more difficult for the rest of us because of advertising that does not better than "I can shout louder and bolder than you can." Not knowing any better, frankly, they try to attract the attention of accident victims with ads flashing huge amounts of cash, showing gory accident scenes, or promising "quick and easy settlements." This type of...
According to recent published reports from the Associated Press, a Georgia family had 4 people killed when their car went off Interstate 81 near Salem, Virginia (VA), and overturned. According to the Virginia State Police, the wreck occurred in the early morning hours. These 4 highway fatalities happened only a half a day after 3 other people died in a head on collision in Bedford County,...
From Fen Phen, to Rezulin, to Vioxx, to Avandia, the story follows a predictable pattern. The Food and Drug Administration, which currently sees itself as an arm of the pharmaceutical industry rather than a consumer protection agency, approves a drug with little more than reliance upon data provided by the drug manufacturer and advice from FDA advisory panels which are increasingly comprised of...
Railroad workers face the real threat of having the loss of a limb occur as a result of unsafe job conditions on the railroad. I know this because I am a law partner in an injury firm whose practice is focused on injuries to railroad workers who get hurt on the job. There are over 150,000 people each year who lose a limb.Railroad workers face the real threat of having the loss of a limb occur...
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