Cooper Hurley Attorneys Attend Justice Day in Virginia
Justice for all and keeping the courthouse door open to the ‘little guy’ were themes of Justice Day in Virginia this week when two attorneys from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers visited Richmond.
John Cooper and Bill O’Mara were part of a Virginia Trial Lawyers Association delegation at the Capitol.
Every year, the VTLA makes a submission to lawmakers in Richmond. John Cooper is a Governor At-Large of the VTLA.
In 2018, the VTLA is supporting a bill that would increase the duties on the owners or managers of a business to take reasonable precautions against their visitors or tenants becoming victims of crimes.
House Bill 109 by Michael Mullin provides that anybody owning, operating, or managing a commercial premises used primarily for a business or a residential property owned by a landlord who owns five or more rental units shall “have the duty to take reasonable precautions to protect the tenants, other authorized occupants, or guests or invitees” of the property against the injury caused by the criminal conduct of a third party.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we represent many clients who are injured at a VA business. This may be a slip on a wet floor or a dilapidated stairway.
Mullins’ bill would help victims of criminal acts make a recovery. We have seen this in the case of shopping malls. When these places lose stores and become depopulated, they may become hotbeds of criminality, noted Inside Business.
In cases where security is lax at a mall, the victim of a crime may be able to sue the owners or the operators of a mall. HB 109 would bolster the rights of victims.
The VTLA is also supporting some procedural bills. These include HB 742 relating to a plaintiff’s motion to amend a claim amount.
When a legal issue is pending in either general district or circuit court when the plaintiff makes a motion to amend the claim, the court would order the transfer of the matter to the court that has jurisdiction over the claim without requiring a dismissal.
This change would make the legal process smoother for personal injury litigants.
The VTLA is also backing a measure that would bring in new ethical standards for court reporters.
On Justice Day in Virginia, the VTLA also opposed measures that may make lawsuits more onerous for plaintiffs including a bill that could reduce the scope of discovery.
Justice Day in Virginia is important to anybody with an interest in the smooth and fair administration of justice in the state. We were happy to be in Richmond to represent the everyday people we help in injury cases who often lack a voice. Call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.