Virginia: Wrongful Death – a Lawyer’s Fraternity

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The August 2012 issue of Trial, the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), reports key “Verdicts and Settlements”. One entitled “Court Sanctions Supermarket for Destroying Video of Slip and Fall” recounts a $2,300,000.00 Georgia jury verdict after the judge struck all defenses of Kroger Co. for Kroger erasing incident footage in a special case of premises liability.

Trial’s “College Student Dies After Fraternity Pledge Activity” reported a $4,660,000.00 settlement of a North Carolina case against the national Theta Chi Fraternity for its alleged failure to enforce anti-hazing policy, resulting in wrongful death at the hands of its local chapter. Another negligence article, “Failure to Provide Helmets at Segway Event,” covered a $10,000,000.00 Connecticut jury verdict against Segway, Inc. for not having or even warning about helmets at a “Segway Challenge” demonstration/competition.