Woods Rogers attorneys Frank Friedman and Erin Ashwell overturned a multi-million dollar verdict in a case heard by the Supreme Court of Virginia. In remanding the case for new trial, the Supreme Court of Virginia announced a new affirmative defense in legal malpractices cases, and clarified a cloudy area of professional liability law in Virginia.  The Court also set a firm dividing line between the kinds of damages available in torts cases and contracts law. The news was first reported in the May 4, Verdicts & Settlements column of Virginia Lawyers Weekly.