Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Release

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By scholarly 12-page opinion letter on July 9, 2019, Fairfax County Circuit Court held that email exchanges between counsel constituted the entire settlement contract between the parties and pertained only to the pending lawsuit car wreck between them; and accordingly that the car crash Defendant’s liability insurers, Travelers and State Farm, were not entitled subsequently to extract a release for the on-duty Defendant’s employer (which Plaintiff had sued independently in another court venue). The case is Cully v. Smith, No. CL-2017-9142.