February 26, 2014
by Michael Muha
JURIST Guest Columnist Robert Hall of Hall & Sethi, PLC argues that the Virginia Supreme Court got it wrong in overturning the Virginia Tech wrongful death verdict...Following the Texas Tower massacre of August 1, 1966 at the University of Texas, the Columbine shootings in Colorado in 1999 and ...[read more]
January 22, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Tuesday declined to reconsider the court's 2013 overturning of a wrongful death verdict against the commonwealth stemming from the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech. The attorney for two of the victims Erin Peterson and Julia Pryde informed the Associated Press that ...[read more]
October 31, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Thursday overturned a jury award against Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) for two student deaths related resulting from the university shooting on April 16, 2007. Addressing the separate lawsuits brought by the estates of Erin ...[read more]
June 21, 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty
Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II on Wednesday upheld a jury verdict finding Virginia Tech University guilty of negligence for its response to the 2007 shootings. In March, a jury found the University guilty for failing to warn students of a gunman on the loose after two families ...[read more]
June 17, 2012
by Kimberly Bennett
On June 17, 2008, a Virginia circuit court judge approved an $11 million state settlement agreement for the families of 24 people killed in the April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech University, giving each family $100,000 plus medical expenses. The settlement terms required the families to release ...[read more]
March 30, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
An administrative judge for the Department of Education overturned a $55,000 fine issued against Virginia Tech for its response to the shootings in 2007. Judge Ernest Canellos ruled that the university's warning system did not violate the Clery Act, which sets regulations on how and when schools ...[read more]
March 15, 2012
by Katherine Getty
A jury found Virginia Tech University guilty of negligence on Wednesday for failing to warn students of a gunman on the loose. The verdict comes in a case brought by the parents of two female students who were shot by Seung-Hui Cho in the 2007 massacre. The parents alleged that their daughters' ...[read more]
December 19, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 19, 2007, the US Congress passed by voice vote theNICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, which closed aloophole that allowed Virginia Tech shooterSeung-Hui Cho to purchase firearms despite a court order mandating his psychiatric treatment. The US House of Representativesapprove... ...[read more]
December 9, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Officials at Virginia Tech acted unlawfully by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shootings, according to a report released Thursday by the US Department of Education. According to the report, Virginia Tech officials failed to comply with the Clery Act, which requires universitie... ...[read more]
November 23, 2010
by Zach Zagger
A Virginia circuit court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit by two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting can proceed against school administrators, despite their claims of sovereign immunity. The judge ruled that defendants Charles Steger and former executive vice ...[read more]

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