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In addition to the common law of Virginia dictating joint and several liability for the whole amount for all joint tortfeasors, the Code of Virginia dictates the same thing. Va. Code Ann. §8.01-443. A jury has no authority to dictate separate versus joint and several liability...

On September 13, 2010, Virginia Lawyers Weekly headlined Mr. Waterman’s recent brain injury verdict on its front page “Lunchroom punch nets $5M award in Gloucester”. It subtitled: “One punch in the Gloucester High School cafeteria has resulted in a $5 million jury verdict against a student, his sister and an assistant...