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Tree rule uprooted (access required)

Overruling a 68-year-old precedent, the Supreme Court of Virginia has uprooted a rule that limited a neighbor's remedies when confronted by the tree next door. In Fancher v. Fagella (VLW 007-6-098), Richard Fancher sued townhouse neighbor Joseph Fagella, alleging that the spreading root system of a sweet gum tree in Fagella's back yard had clogged Fancher's ...