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Cases to Note
Virginia's Largest Verdict of 2015

Cox Communications was ordered to pay 25 million dollars to BMG Rights Management in an online piracy case.

BMG "alleged that the cable company knew its customers were downloading content illegally, but did not issue warnings or attempt to stop their behavior." 

An Alexandria federal jury " found that Cox was not protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's "safe harbor" provisions.  The jury found that Cox customers infringed on BMG copyrights by 
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Virginia Lawyers Weekly
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Serial Killer who Committed "Purge" Style Slayings Sentenced 
Serial killer  was recently sentenced to life in prison "for the slayings of three prominent Alexandria, VA residents over the course of a decade as part of a grudge against the city's elite."

"All three victims were shot in their homes in the middle of a day in a quiet, residential neighborhood, and all three were well known in the community."

"Prosecutors said Severance, who has a history of mental illness and ran fringe candidacies for political office when he lived in Alexandria, wanted revenge against what he considered Alexandria's enforcement class after losing a child custody case there."
(Virginia Lawyers Weekly)
Driver Shot by Hunter Taps M ultiple  Homeowners' Policies
Carriers include State Farm Insurance, Virginia Farm Bureau & Farmers Insurance

"Tracy Epps, a 52-year-old Emporia man, was shot by a hunter as he was riding down the road on a Saturday morning with his dog. As Epps passed by an organized deer hunt operated by the Brink Hunt Club in Greenville County, Jake Savi, a 16-year-old boy, fired his rifle across the road with the bullet striking Epps' vehicle and lodging in his spine. Epps was transferred via med-evac to VCU Medical Center, where he underwent numerous surgical procedures and remained hospitalized for approximately two months. The bullet wound left Epps permanently paralyzed from his waist down.
"Savi's parents were divorced and he lived with his father, who had a homeowners' policy with limits of $300,000. A declaratory judgment action against State Farm filed in U.S. District Court produced another $100,000 from his mother's homeowners' policy, as he lived part-time with her and her new husband. The complaint named the elected hunt master for Brink Hunt Club, who also had a homeowners' policy with $300,000 and the hunt club had an additional $1,000,000 in liability coverage for its officers and directors.

"Savi's case was described by the defense as "hopeless" and the $400,000 in homeowners' coverage available to him was offered early in the case . . . 
Virginia Lawyers Weekly

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