McCandlish Holton Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict for Mutual Insurance Company in Jury Trial

 

Matthew Haynes and Brennan Morrissett obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a mutual insurance company in a Virginia Circuit Court jury trial.  The plaintiff/insured filed a 1st party suit against his homeowner’s insurer alleging breach of contract. 

Plaintiff sought to recover more than $250,000 in alleged personal property losses and additional living expenses he claimed resulted from a fire that completely destroyed his residence.  Plaintiff sought these amounts eighteen months after the fire, and in addition to

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GDPR Issues in U.S. and International Litigation and Arbitration

On November 30, 2018, I had the privilege of serving as a panel member on an International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) presentation addressing GDPR in International Dispute Resolution.   The other panel members were: Robert Bond, of Bristows, in London, England; Alexandra Simotta, of Six-Group, in Vienna, Austria; and Janis Block, of CMS in Cologne, Germany.  The panel’s objective was to explore the issues arising under the GDPR in international dispute resolution, whether in arbitration or court litigation.   My responsibility was to offer a U.S. trial counsel’s response to the subject.   This article shares a few of the ideas raised during the panel, and a few which have occurred to the author in response to hearing from my fellow panel members. 

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McCandlish Holton Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict for Global Warehouse Retailer

Matthew Haynes and Brennan Morrissett obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a global warehouse retailer following a two day jury trial in the United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland. 

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McCandlish Holton Attorneys Successfully Defend a National Restaurant Franchise

McCandlish Holton attorneys Michael R. Ward and Audra M. Dickens recently successfully defended a national restaurant franchise in a slip-and-fall case during a two-day jury trial in Chesterfield County Circuit Court.  Liability and damages were both contested. 

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Brennan Morrissett Forces Plaintiff to Dismiss Case

Brennan Morrissett, an associate at McCandlish Holton, recently forced Plaintiff to dismiss his case after she obtained several favorable rulings from the Court. In this no contact motor vehicle versus pedestrian case, Plaintiff claimed he was exiting the post office when Defendant backed out of her parking space and caused him to jump out of the way to avoid being struck, injuring himself in the process. Plaintiff’s damages included not only incurred medical treatment, but alleged future treatment, loss of earning capacity, lost business earnings and costs for modifications to Plaintiff’s home. At trial, Ms. Morrissett successfully argued that each and every item of Plaintiff’s claimed damages either lacked foundation or Plaintiff failed to prove a causative link to the incident. The Court agreed and before the Court could strike Plaintiff’s case, Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the claim.

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McCandlish Holton Ranked in Chambers USA 2018

McCandlish Holton has been recognized in Chambers USA 2018. The firm has been ranked in 'Band 2' for Litigation: Products Liability in Virginia. Director James W Morris III has also been featured as a "leader in the field" in Litigation: General Commercial and Litigation: Products Liability. To view the firm's listing and editorial profile click here.  

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McCandlish Holton Attorney Successfully Defended Automobile Accident Case

 On April 2, 2018, McCandlish Holton attorney Walker Terry successfully defended an automobile accident case in Hanover County Circuit Court.  The plaintiff was a passenger in the client’s vehicle and filed suit against both the client and the other driver involved in the collision.  Liability and damages were strongly contested.  The one-day jury trial included testimony from numerous lay and expert witnesses, including medical providers and a professional engineer. Terry prevailed, as the jury found for the plaintiff, but only as against the other driver. 

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Joseph Moore is ALFA International's "Friday Feature" 

Litigation Director Joseph Moore is ALFA International's  "Friday Feature" this week. He is serving as the Program Chair for their 2019 Hospitality and Retail Seminar. Read the full post and interview here

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McCandlish Holton Attorneys Successfully Defended Traumatic Brain Injury Case 

McCandlish Holton attorneys D. Cameron Beck Jr. and Audra Dickens recently defended a national trucking company in a five-day federal jury trial in the Western District of Virginia, Harrisonburg Division.  The Defendants admitted liability, but contested the plaintiff’s damages. This case involved complicated medical issues, including pre-and post-accident traumatic brain injuries, as well as claims of PTSD.  The Plaintiff called seven doctors to testify in addition to a life care planner and economist.  The Plaintiff claimed $813,000 in medical damages, including lifelong treatment for her brain injury.  Plaintiff’s counsel requested $8.8 million in closing.  After only two hours, the jury awarded the plaintiff $850,000 with no pre-judgment interest.

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Insurance Practice Alert: Important ‘Bad Faith’ Opinion from Virginia Supreme Court

On Friday, April 27, 2017, the Virginia Supreme Court decided Manu v. GEICO Casualty Company, Record No. 160852, 2017 Va. Lexis 70 (Va. April 27, 2017), a "bad faith" opinion significant to insurers that issue family automobile policies in Virginia. Plaintiff was a passenger in a car involved in a multi-vehicle accident.

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