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metro bus accident

Metro buses in the D.C. Metro area, including Virginia, are operated by the Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA). WMATA is deemed to be an instrumentality of state government.  WMATA v. Briggs, 255 Va. 309 (1998).  For example, if a metro

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Auto Accidents

Auto accidents in Virginia result in two different types of legal claims. First-Party Claims – Contract Liability Third-Party Claims – Tort Liability First-party liability refers to an agreement or contract that a person has with another person or an insurance company.  For example, if

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How to Find Virginia Traffic Accident Reports

This page provides information on how to find Virginia traffic accident reports.  Most jurisdictions in Northern Virginia provide accident reports for reportable crashes through the records office of the police department.  A Virginia traffic accident report is not admissible in court in traffic or

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VA Statute of Repose

The VA Statute of Repose in construction cases does not bar personal injury claims filed over five years after the construction was completed if the construction project was a “replacement” and not an “improvement to real property,” according to a September 2013 ruling by the Arlington County Circuit Court.

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Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA)

The US Supreme Court recently ruled that tort immunity under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) does not extend to an assault committed by a federal law enforcement officer acting within the scope of his or her employment, even if the officer was not engaged in a

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MD AG Bad Passenger

Sources: www.washingtonpost.com John Wagner, and www.wjla.com Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, is accused of irresponsible and unsafe behavior in relation to his state police escort. The Washington Post reports that Gansler regularly ordered state troopers assigned to drive him to

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Sidewalk Grate Collapse

Source: Stephen Tschida; wjla.com ARLINGTON, Va. An office worker fell 15 feet after a sidewalk grate collapse  in Ballston Wednesday.  The victim, a middle-aged man, was walking on a sidewalk grate at 950 N. Glebe  road in Arlington when it gave way.

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Mars in Loudoun Crash

Source: Martin Weil & Caitlin Gibson; www.washingtonpost.com Jacqueline Badger Mars, who has been ranked as one of the world’s richest people, was driving the SUV that was involved in a fatal two-vehicle crash in Loudoun County on Friday, the county

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Can I handle my own personal injury case?

Can I handle my own accident case? You may be asking yourself, why can’t I handle my own personal injury case?  Won’t the insurance company compensate me the same amount with or without an attorney?  They paid the property damage. There is a very important difference between car damage and

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5 Die in Loudoun Car Accidents over Weekend

Source: Dusty Smith (Editor), www.leesburg.patch.com Five people died in three Loudoun car accidents over the weekend.  The first of the three incidents occurred around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, when a 2004 Porsche SUV heading west on Route 50 near

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Car crashes across Northern Virginia killed several people over the weekend.

Source: Rachel Weiner, www.washingtonpost.com At around 12:40 a.m., Sunday, a BMW crashed into a Harley-Davidson on Ashburn Farm Parkway in Loudoun County, while turning into a shopping center. Both the driver and passenger of the motorcycle, a male and female

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Civil Lawsuit against Usher, Mark Wahlberg, Run-D.M.C. and More

In the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Illinois on Tuesday, Twilight Records and Syl-Zel Music claim that the above defendants and others sampled “Different Strokes,” which was sung and recorded by Sylvester Thompson, a/k/a Syl Johnson, in 1967,

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Stephen M. Terpak joins Harry Dennis, Andrew Stewart & Adam Krischer.

I am pleased to announce that I have joined with Harry Dennis, Andrew Stewart and Adam Krischer  to form the law firm of Dennis, Stewart, Krischer & Terpak, PLLC, practicing civil and criminal law, with a concentration on personal injury litigation and

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ATF Disagrees with DOJ Inspector General on Missing Tobacco

The Department of Justice’s inspector general said in a new report that federal agents lost track of 2.1 million cartons of cigarettes and paid an informant more than $4.9 million without requiring him to account for his expenses. An ATF

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Police Stop Drivers, Ticket in Maryland for Cell Phone Use – Points if Traffic Accident

Maryland police will be able to pull over drivers with a cell phone in hand or to their ear starting Oct. 1.  Previously, police needed another reason to stop a driver before issuing a distracted driving ticket.  No points will be assessed unless the violation contributes

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Inova Urgent Care Open in Arlington

Inova Urgent Care Centers, including the Ballston location, have earned Urgent Care Center Accreditation with the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine, Inova Hospital announced. Inova opened its Arlington facility at 1005 N. Glebe Road in July. Other facilities are located

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Westfield Falls to Lake Braddock

It was Westfield’s first regular season loss since Oct. 2010, a streak of 28 games.  The Bruins are ranked No. 6 and are now 3-0.

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Virginia Circuit Court Doesn’t “Like” Free Speech Ruling

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Richmond, Virginia ruled today that “liking” something on Facebook is protected free speech.  A sheriff’s deputy who liked the campaign of his boss’s opponent was fired.  He then sued, but his case was dismissed by a federal trial judge

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