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Monthly Archives: October 2007

Lone Henry County trafficking trial to begin

Of the 20 people indicted last year in the Henry County drug-trafficking scandal, only one, a former sergeant in the sheriff’s office, sought a jury trial. That case is scheduled to begin today in Roanoke federal court. The Roanoke Times ...

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McDonnell takes issue with ABA

Yesterday, the American Bar Association renewed its call for a nationwide moratorium on use of the death penalty; the group issued a report based on several states’ experience, calling the system “deeply flawed.” Virginia was not one of the states ...

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It’s Halloween: Yo mama, mwah ha ha ha!

Just in time for Halloween, a contract and copyright dispute over the rights to a documentary that may be coming soon to a venue near you: Your Mommy Kills Animals. Plaintiffs Richard Berman and Maura Flynn and Flynn’s business, Speakeasy ...

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Administrative – Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise – VW Supplier (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court upholds a decision by the Commissioner of the Division of Motor Vehicles that Volkswagen of America Inc. violated the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Franchise Act, Va. Code Sects. 46.2-1500 et seq., by failing to ship plaintiff ...

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Civil Procedure – Jurisdiction – Removal To GDC (access required)

Where an order of removal to circuit court was filed in this case beyond the 10-day period provided for in Va. Code Sect. 16.1-92, the circuit court remands the case back to the general district court. In the instant case, ...

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Civil Procedure – Leave To Amend – Premature Amendment (access required)

Plaintiffs who attached an amended complaint to their opposition to defendants’ demurrer, and who only filed a “courtesy copy” of that amended complaint four days after expiration of the 21-day period the court allowed for an amended complaint in its ...

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Negligence – Accident Report – Work Product Privilege – Discovery (access required)

An auto-accident plaintiff is entitled to an accident report a defendant may have given his supervisor on the day of the accident, if such a document exists, but information provided to a claims adjuster after plaintiff’s retained counsel had contacted ...

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Search & Seizure – Jailhouse Phone Call – Privacy Expectation (access required)

A defendant cannot suppress statements he made during telephone calls from the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, which were routinely recorded at the jail, as a violation of his statutory rights. The court must decide whether defendant’s statements should be ...

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Wills & Trusts – Estate Jewelry – Conversion – Value Of Jewelry (access required)

A beneficiary under a will who failed to return to the executor jewelry belonging to decedent that was used for the viewing at the funeral home, is liable to the estate for conversion of those assets. The tort of conversion ...

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Criminal – Severance – Securities Fraud (access required)

A Charlottesville federal district court grants a motion to sever count IV from the other three counts in this prosecution of four defendants for securities fraud-related crimes. Counts I and II address the “Vavasseur scheme,” in which defendants Mason, June, ...

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