BMHJ Blog: Legal Information, Resources, & News

The Firm Welcomes its Three New Associates

November 5th, 2019
By: admin

Our three newest associates joined our firm at the end of the summer after completing judicial state court clerkships. All of them personified excellence in their academic careers and we are proud to introduce them.

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A claim of “personal injury” for alleged mold exposure doesn’t turn every alleged breach of original construction contract into a tort.

Melissa H. Katz, Esquire
November 2nd, 2019
By: Melissa H. Katz, Esquire

Recently, the Virginia Supreme Court, in the case of Tingler v. Graystone Homes, Inc. held that the trial court did not err in its ruling sustaining a home builder’s demurrer to a negligence count for alleged breach of the original construction contract. In that case, a family, in related suits alleged personal injuries and damage resulting from mold that developed in a home built by the defendant contractor. The plaintiffs pled many theories of liability, all of which were dismissed by the trial court.

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Congratulations to the VADA’s New President

November 2nd, 2019
By: admin

On October 4, 2019, Melissa H. Katz was inducted as the 2019-2020 President of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (“VADA”). The firm congratulates her on this accomplishment and continues to be supportive of this organization which promotes civility and education in the practice of law. The mission of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys is to assist Virginia attorneys in the professional and ethical representation of their clients in civil litigation through education, communication and fellowship.

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The Proliferation of Electric Scooters

Melissa H. Katz, Esquire
August 28th, 2019
By: Melissa H. Katz, Esquire

After being introduced in the D.C. area in 2017, electric scooters have gained popularity as evidenced by their usage in various localities throughout Virginia. Local governments have created pilot programs to examine whether this mode of transportation should be officially adopted1. While electric scooters are toted as both a means to reduce traffic congestion and protect our environment, they have also generated a plethora of complaints and safety concerns from both pedestrians and motorists, alike. Issues have arisen either because local governments have not sufficiently planned for electric scooter use and/or because of errant operators. After one municipality contracted with an electric scooter vendor, hundreds of scooters were dropped off the next day and before the City had finalized the areas of scooter usage, leading to headaches and confusion2. Motorists and pedestrians have also expressed frustrations resulting from electric scooter users flagrantly violating prohibitions against riding on sidewalks; ignoring traffic laws as applicable; and disregarding vendor’s rules regarding age restrictions, multiple users at one time, and careless abandonment of the scooter after use.

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John D. McGavin and Julia B. Judkins named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America

August 19th, 2019
By: admin

Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, PC is pleased to announce that John D. McGavin and Julia B. Judkins have been named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Practice areas for both to include Defendant’s Personal Injury with additional areas for John McGavin at www.bestlawyers.com.

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Disclaimer

This blog and the information provided has been prepared by Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C. (“BMHJ”) for information purposes only and is not intended nor to be construed as legal advice. This blog may contain the opinions of the members and associates of this firm on various legal issues and is not legal advice. Read More