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Daily Archives: May 5, 2008

Trouble doubles for J&D judge

State police have charged J&D Court Judge Keith Blankenship with hit-and-run after an accident last month in Powhatan County, according to the Wytheville Enterprise. Blankenship is already facing DUI and refusal charges from a traffic stop on March 1. Blankenship, ...

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Legal Food Frenzy exceeds goal

The small Richmond firm of Schettine & Nguyen PLC won the “Attorney General’s Cup” for producing the most food per capita in the second annual Legal Food Frenzy. Other winners included Christian & Barton LLC of Richmond, McKenry, Dancigers, Dawson ...

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Chapter 3: Opinions

Since Virginia Lawyers Weekly first hit the presses almost 22 years ago, we’ve been the commonwealth’s leading source in digesting and providing full-text copies of court opinions to our readers. But only recently has the method for obtaining these documents ...

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Attorneys – Sanctions – Appeals – Jurisdiction (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court has no subject matter jurisdiction to hear these two appeals from general district court orders imposing sanctions in these matters arising from warrants in debt. These two cases are appeals from GDC orders granting sanctions under ...

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Zoning – Notice Ad – Shopping Center – Big-Box Store (access required)

A newspaper notice alerting readers of a public hearing to consider a special exception to the zoning law for construction of a shopping center was not fatally defective because it failed to specify plans to build a “big box” Costco ...

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Civil Procedure – Amendment – Ad Damnum (access required)

In an auto accident case, a plaintiff who won a $15,000 judgment on a warrant in debt in general district court cam amend her complaint to ask for $30,000 in damages, even though only one of the two defendants appealed ...

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Zoning – Preservation Ordinance – Historic Landmark – Demolition Permit (access required)

A $12.3M purchase offer from the Alexandria Housing Development Corporation was a bona fide offer to preserve plaintiff’s property — an Alexandria garden apartment complex — in accordance with the local preservation ordinance, Sec. 10-108(A), and the Alexandria Circuit Court ...

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Real Estate – Commercial Lease – TRO – Construction Noise (access required)

A lease that gave a real estate agency the right to “peaceably and quietly occupy and enjoy” the premises “without molestation or hindrance by Lessor” is the basis for an Alexandria Circuit Court’s grant of a temporary restraining order that ...

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Wills & Trusts – Decedent’s Intent – Residuary Clause (access required)

Although a will’s grant of “all of the rest and remainder of my estate” did not include the additional language, “real, personal or mixed,” an Alexandria Circuit Court says the residuary clause nevertheless clearly stated an intent to include the ...

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