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Local Family Wins Lawsuit Against Virginia Tech

The family of VTech student won a lawsuit against the university.

The family of Erin Nicole Peterson, a  graduate, have won a $4 million lawsuit against Virginia Tech for the school's allegedly negligent response to the 2007 shootings on campus.

Peterson died in the shootings that day, but her family argued in court that she might be alive if the school had warned students of the rampage earlier. The jury deliberated for three and a half hours, the Associated Press reported Wednesday, before coming to a decision to award each family $4 million. The lawsuit was filed jointly with the family of another victim, Julia Pryde. The Associated Press reported that the university will appeal the verdict since state law caps damages at $100,000.

The award comes just weeks before the five-year anniversary of the shootings. At Westfield, Peterson was captain of the basketball team. Each year, her family and the community honors her memory with a gospel celebration at Centreville's  and a golf tournament.

Ben Glass March 16, 2012 at 03:06 PM
full credit to Reston attorney Bob Hall for digging deep and getting to the facts of this case. Too bad, too, that Virginia law caps the state's liability at $100,000 per claim. Some media outlets are reporting this as a $4 million "win." Its not... so its even more impressive that Hall took the case, spend an untold number of hours and likely a ton of his own money to0 peel back the layers to get at the truth. It is likely that the jury was as angry about the way Tech officials handled the post massacre "PR" as they were about their actual carelessness.. Apparently Mr. Hall caught the University in basically recreating the facts when they went to the media in the aftermath. This was, all in all, a very sad day for Virginia and our hearts still grieve for families of all of the victims.

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