On January 16, 2020, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously reversed and remanded for jury trial on damages alone a motorist’s personal injury claim against a wrongfully arresting police officer in Cromartie v. Billings, No. 180851. Id. at 22. Most significant for vehicle accident, medical malpractice, and other wrongful death and personal injury cases is the Court’s concluding sentence: “Finally, while we remand only for an assessment of damages, we note that evidence ordinarily presented for liability purposes may also be relevant to the question of compensatory and punitive damages, an award of costs, interest, attorney’s fees, and such other damages as Cromartie sought in her complaint.” Id. (emphasis added).
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