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The Supreme Court of Virginia recently affirmed a Circuit Court’s Order denying plaintiff’s motion to set aside the default judgment she obtained against the defendant, even though the defendant was never properly served with the summons and complaint. Sauder v. Ferguson arose out of an October 2009 motor vehicle accident.  Susan Sauder…

Your trucking company probably dispatches drivers into multiple states, or maybe even nationwide.  During your drivers’ travels, accidents are going to happen.  Sometimes your driver is at fault, and sometimes the other driver at fault.  Other times, both drivers are at fault in the accident.  No matter what, a traffic ticket is…

A recent case from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, held that an insurer’s underinsured motorist coverage limit totaled $500,000, effectively raising the total available coverage in connection to a motorcycle accident by $250,000.  The UIM carrier had argued that its UM/UIM limit totaled only…

It is increasingly difficult for defendants to win at the demurrer stage in negligence cases in Virginia.  A recent Virginia Supreme Court decision further eviscerated the power of the demurrer and confirmed the Court’s apparent change in direction on this issue, away from the requirement that Plaintiffs must allege proximate cause and…

Stanley P. Wellman


Stan Wellman was born at Edwards AFB, California in 1962. He has a broad civil litigation practice, which includes the areas of transportation, premises and products liability, commercial, construction, day…

Clinton W. Verity


Clint is a trial lawyer in our trucking and transportation group. He represents a broad variety of clients from owner-operators and individuals to Fortune 500 Companies and self-insureds. Clint has…

John R. Owen


John Owen was born in East Liverpool, Ohio in 1970. He joined Harman Claytor in June of 2000. Prior to entering the practice of law, John served as vice-president of…

Jon A. Nichols


Jon A. Nichols is a partner with Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman.  He has tried over 75 jury trials in his career, representing clients that include: national and local businesses,…