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During March 26-29, 2015, Mr. Waterman attended the Annual Convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”) at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Entitled “Courage to Fight Injustice,” its continuing legal education offerings featured Virginia Supreme Court Justices, Federal Judges, and trial...

Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association of Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for March, 2015, is entitled “FORTIFY your practice”. March 2015 Trial reports 8 cases in its “Verdicts & Settlements”. Id. at 8-14. “Negligent Truck Maintenance...

On February 25, 2015, the Virginia Supreme Court heard oral argument in Wagoner v. Commonwealth, No. 140890, a criminal conviction for wrongful death of an incapacitated group home resident in Circuit Court for Martinsville, Virginia. It marquees a split panel decision of the Court of...

On March 18, 2015, Mr. Waterman’s Amended Motion for Reconsideration for Plaintiff was heard in the medical malpractice case of William M. Snovell, Executor of the Estate of Bernadette Teresa Connelly Snovell, Deceased v. Williamsburg Facility Operations, LLC, D/B/A Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg, No....

On March 16, 2015, Virginia Lawyers Weekly headlined on its front page “New decision splits courts on privilege”. Id. at 1. The medical malpractice article marquees local disparate state court rulings under the 2005 federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act (“PSQIA”). Id. at 1,...

On February 26, 2015, the Virginia Supreme Court opined in EE Mart F.C., L.L.C. v. Delyon, No. 140708. It held that “under Code §8.01-271.1, a trial court may only award attorney’s fees incurred because of a filing or motion made to the trial court in...

On February 26, 2014, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Shevlin Smith v. Laughlin, No. 140500. Its 39-page opinion settled several issues in this special case of alleged legal malpractice in Fairfax Circuit Court, Virginia. First, while declining to adopt attorney “judgmental immunity” as a “rule,” Shevlin...

On February 26, 2015, the Virginia Supreme Court handed down Brown v. Jacobs, No. 140270. It upheld the dismissal with prejudice without leave to amend of a wrongful death claim against a lawyer by a legal process server’s widow in Rockingham Circuit Court. Id. at...

On March 4, 2015, Mr. Waterman settled with Safeco Insurance a 3-vehicle collision that occurred on Francis Street in Williamsburg, Virginia. A Williamsburg pick-up truck driver, who was cited for following too closely, rear-ended a Barhamsville driver’s pick-up truck, knocking it into the victim Williamsburg...

On February 23, 2015, the United States Supreme Court denied writ of certiorari in Wurtz v. The Rawlings Co., LLC, 761 F.3d 232 (2d Cir. 2014), cert. den. No. 14-____ (Feb. 23, 2015). Significantly, that denial upheld the opinion by the Second Circuit Court of...

A healthcare provider’s violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 (“HIPAA”) may import medical malpractice liability to its patient. Significantly, a healthcare provider’s HIPAA violation increasingly may import administrative financial liability to the Federal government – and even criminal liability –...

On February 25, 2015, Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Discovery against All Defendants was heard in Mr. Waterman’s medical malpractice case for alleged wrongful death, Joanne T. Rauchfuss, Administratrix of the Estate of George William Rauchfuss, Jr., Deceased v. Roger E. Schultz, M.D., Hampton Roads Urology,...

The Virginia Supreme Court’s refusal to grant Defendant’s Petition for Appeal in the $6,500,000.00 patient fall case of Med. Facilities of America XLVIII v. Crouse, Order, No. 130838 (Oct. 2, 2013) reh. denied (Jan. 21, 2014) is noteworthy. The underlying Circuit Court nursing home case...

This week Plaintiff lawyers in Federal Court reached $2,990,000.00 personal injury settlement with the City of Richmond, Virginia, for its role in failing to maintain the Richmond City Jail within constitutional standards. This 42 U.S.C. §1983 civil rights case before Judge Payne is Woodson v....

By Unpublished Order on January 30, 2015, the Virginia Supreme Court in Landini v. Bil-Jax, Inc., affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a personal injury lawsuit by the Circuit Court for Powhatan County, Virginia. It held that the suit was time-barred because Plaintiff failed to...

On February 10, 2014, a 3-Justice Writ Panel of the Virginia Supreme Court heard oral argument on Petitions for cross-appeal in Shoukas v. Rizk, No. 141335, and Rizk v. Shoukas, No. 141338. The underlying medical malpractice suit for wrongful death in Circuit Court resulted in...

The February 2015 issue of Trial, the monthly magazine of the America Association of Justice (“AAJ”), highlights a significant new medical malpractice law development in “NEW DESTINATIONS FOR SHIPBOARD MALPRACTICE”. Id. at 38-44. “Medical malpractice claims against cruise lines recently gained new wind when the...

Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for February 2015 marquees “TRANSPORTATION”. Four of this Trial’s five lead articles cover vehicle accidents: “THE DEADLY IMPACT of Exploding Air Bags,” id. at 16-21;...

Mr. Waterman recently filed companion declaratory judgment actions in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, Patrick Lee Cherrie, Administrator of the Estate of Gerda A. Harvey, Deceased v. Virginia Health Services, Inc., No. CL1403234F-15, and Hubbard A. Davis, Executor of the Estate...

The Winter 2015 issue of The Trial Lawyer, the National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers’ quarterly magazine, features 6 stories on special cases of produce liability – 3 about pharmaceutical manufacturers, 1 about power morcellators, 1 about electronic cigarettes, and 1 about chemicals. They...

The Trial Lawyer is the quarterly journal of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Its issue for Winter 2015 publishes three articles about vehicle accidents. The Trial Lawyer’s first is “PART TWO: SECRET DEFENSE TACTICS IN INTERSTATE TRUCKING LITIGATION; HOW DOES YOUR LAW FIRM...

In a notorious case of hit-and-run in Richmond in 2012, a motorist struck and killed a bicyclist who lawfully was riding on a public road. In 2013, the wrongful death lawsuit of the victim’s family was settled by Richmond lawyers for a mere $100,000.00 –...

Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for January, 2015, features “PRESENT THE WHOLE PICTURE IN STROKE CASES,” sub-headed “Neuroimaging, experts, and detailed chronologies are crucial to showing the jury that...

On January 20, 2015, Mr. Waterman is guest speaker of the Greater Peninsula Women’s Bar Association (“GPWBA”) in Newport News. His topic is “’It’s Privilege, Judge’: In Fact, Actually Not!,” subtitled “Medical Malpractice ‘Privilege’ Law”. Mr. Waterman’s speech to GPWBA debunks “privilege” claimed by the defense...

Va. Code §8.01-20.1 and §8.01-50.1 impose expert certification requirements on medical malpractice victims. However, the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a “medical expert affidavit” statute in Zeier v. Zimmer, Inc., 152 P.3d 861 (Okla. Dec. 19, 2006) and a legal expert affidavit statute...

On December 12, 2014, the Virginia Supreme Court entered an unpublished Order in Herring v. Johnson, No. 140417, reversing and remanding the two-car crash case for retrial on damages only. Id. at 5. Defendant had rear-ended Plaintiff, admitted liability, and contested damages at trial. Id....

On January 8, 2014, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Hyundai Motor Co., Ltd. v. Duncan, No. 140216, a special case of single-vehicle accident product liability for auto airbag design. Hyundai reversed a Pulaski County jury verdict for $14,140,000.00, finding Plaintiffs’ sole expert design defect opinion...

Wikipedia chronicles that an event data recorder (“EDR”) is a “simple, tamper-proof, read-write memory device” that is installed in most recent automobiles to record crash-related information, an estimated 85% as of 2010. It is similar to the “black box” in airplanes. Id. The National Highway Traffic...

Washington Lawyer is the official journal of the District of Columbia Bar. Its issue for January, 2015, features, “Confusion Over D.C. Bike Laws Leads Many to Ask: Who’s at Fault?” Id. at 38-39, 46. That Washington Lawyer article notes Washington, D.C., Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and...

On December 29, 2014, Virginia Lawyers Weekly featured “Most Important Opinions: A Recap of January-December 2014”. It highlights 4 medical malpractice opinions obtained by Mr. Waterman across Hampton Roads. Id. at 22-24. Virginia Lawyers Weekly headlines: “Discovery Ordered for Hospital Risk Manager Notes,” Rauchfuss v. Schultz,...