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Goodove and Swartz named as Superlawyers 2014

For another year, Michael Goodove and Franklin Swartz have been selected as 2014 Super Lawyers. Michael Goodove was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Franklin Swartz was selected as a Super Lawyer in the field of White Collar Criminal Defense.  Franklin Swartz also received the distinction of Virginia:  The Top 100 Superlawyers 2014.   Only 5% of Virginia attorneys are chosen every year and Goodove and Swartz were selected based upon evaluation by other top lawyers and independant research of the candidates.  Goodove and Swartz will be contained in the 2014 Super Lawyers Magazine as well as in the 2014 November/December issue of Hampton Roads magazine.

Virginia Beach shells out $1.2M in claims settlements

By Kathy AdamsThe Virginian-Pilot© May 5, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH
The claims read like an insurance commercial.
Potholes blowing out tires.
Trash trucks backing over mailboxes.
Smelly sewage flooding from toilets.
They’re just a sample of the dozens of complaints filed with the city each year seeking repayment for damages.
Some are sobering, others slightly silly.
Either way, they add up, with 205 auto and general liability claims resulting in roughly $1.2 million in settlements during the last fiscal year, according to the city’s most recent Annual Risk Management Financial Report.
A year’s worth of petitions obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request shows fender-benders and everyday mishaps as well as more serious incidents that sometimes result in lawsuits.
“It’s a wild gamut,” City Attorney Mark Stiles said. “A lot of them were interesting to read.”
When an incident occurs involving a private resident and a city entity, such as the police or a construction crew, the person must file a “notice of claim” within six months to seek reimbursement. Risk Management investigates and decides whether to cut a check.
If the person disagrees with the department’s decision, he or she can appeal or file a lawsuit.
Many of the incidents occur on the road. Some stem from run-ins with the law, such as one in which a man said police sullied his carpet while using black fingerprint-dusting powder during a robbery investigation. In another case, two people said their cellphones were broken while they were being arrested.
Over six months ending on Feb. 28, the city paid out $45,623. That included $95 to a homeowner whose sprinkler system was damaged by a city fire truck, more than $10,000 for a sewage backup into a woman’s home, and nearly $500 to a driver whose tire rim was damaged by a […]

U.S. marshals on trail of Virginia Beach fugitive

For more than two months, police and bail bondsmen have searched for 23-year-old Cameron Paul Crockett, who didn't show up for sentencing after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in the drunken-driving death of a friend. Now, federal authorities say they've joined the hunt.

Bookie avoids prison with plea deal in Norfolk

A longtime local sports bookie, represented by Franklin Swartz of the law firm of Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, will avoid prison time and forfeit more than $1 million in cash and property under a plea agreement reached with the U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday. Howard "Moose" Amdusky, 82, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of operating an illegal gambling business.

Norfolk man pleads guilty to killing, avoids death penalty

Kentrell L. Sanderson, represented by attorney Timothy J. Quick of the law firm of Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove, pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder in the slaying of his 12-year-old stepdaughter, and the judge who sentenced him to life said the prosecution had been compromised because the state medical examiner involved had drug convictions. The defense team uncovered this fact which was previously undisclosed by the medical examiner's office and unknown to prosecutors. The Commonwealth's Attorney previously said he would seek the death penalty for Sanderson at his trial, which had been set to begin in March.

Waterside Garage Shooter Acquitted of Murder Charge

A jury found the man accused of murder, attempted murder, and malicious wounding in a March shooting at the Waterside parking garage guilty only of unlawful wounding Friday, and sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail and pay a $2,500 fine. He was represented by Jeffrey Swartz of the law firm of Rabinowitz, Swartz, Taliaferro, Swartz & Goodove. He was acquitted of all other charges.

Motorists who paid abusive driver fines to be offered refunds

The Virginia Supreme Court will send letters this week to some of South Hampton Roads' worst drivers, offering them refunds for drunken- and reckless-driving fees. Some were convicted of eluding police during the commission of a crime, while others were caught behind the wheel after lower courts had already revoked their licenses and ordered them not to drive. At least 4,204 drivers convicted in the five cities as of the end of 2007 will be told the special fees they were once asked to pay are forgiven, according to the state Supreme Court. Those who have already paid hundreds of dollars of those extra fees will be getting refund checks.

Drunken Driving Fatalities Up In Virginia

Virginia police officers will be out in force looking to nab drunken drivers this Labor Day weekend, the third-most-deadly holiday for alcohol-related deaths. The annual Checkpoint Strikeforce efforts are happening as state statistics show that for the first time in several years, the percentage of people killed by drunken drivers in Virginia has increased.

Looking Down On Lindsay

WHEN IT COMES to the bad (young) girls of Hollywood messing up and seeking redemption, usually for thousands of dollars at a secluded rehab clinic, there's never a dearth of stories, from singer Brandy's vehicular manslaughter charges earlier this year to Paris Hilton's jail stay.

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal crash

Shaun Lawhorn asked for Williams' keys. Lawhorn's wife, Kate, the designated driver that evening, offered Williams a ride. Several people tried to give Williams their cards for Safe Ride , a Navy program that pays for cab fare. They made the efforts because Williams had been drinking at a series of gatherings since 11 a.m., and had consumed beer, mixed drinks, gin and shots of Jagermeister. He refused their offers and left in his white Ford pickup about 11 p.m. on Feb. 24.