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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Domestic Relations – Property Split – Marital Home – Classification (access required)

Although wife made an $8,000 down payment and titled a residence in her name, the parties intended to live there together after reconciliation, husband made over $30,000 in mortgage payments and extensive repairs to the property, and the trial court ...

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Criminal – Cocaine – Intent To Distribute – Police Expert (access required)

A detective who qualified as an expert on drug packaging said it was “very unique,” “very rare” and “not normal” for a personal user of drugs to possess heroin, methadone and cocaine at the same time, and there was sufficient ...

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Mandatory coverage debate is still going (access required)

The Virginia State Bar has been kicking the mandatory legal malpractice can down the road for three years, as one VSB Council member put it, and that was enough for some council members. They attempted to boot the concept to ...

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Workers’ Comp – Injury By Accident – Credibility – Tree Trimmer (access required)

Although claimant’s employer/companion on a tree trimming operation testified claimant said he and his girlfriend were having problems and she was going to leave him, and he deliberately used his chainsaw to cut his rope in half so he fell ...

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Domestic Relations – PSA – No-Appeal Clause (access required)

Although wife won reformation of the parties’ property settlement agreement to require husband to pay for her health insurance, the Virginia Court of Appeals, in a case of first impression, upholds the “no appeal” provision in the PSA so that ...

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Civil Rights – Employment – First Amendment – City Employee Discharge (access required)

The former chief deputy to the treasurer for the City of Falls Church has his suit alleging he was terminated in violation of his First Amendment rights dismissed by an Alexandria U.S. District Court because the defendant treasurer is entitled ...

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Capsalis to emphasize protection, diversity (access required)

Manuel A. Capsalis says he wants to emphasize public protection and diversity during his year as Virginia State Bar president. Public protection is “the very core of our mission,” he said, and “the rule of law and diversity are inextricably ...

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Contract – Breach Of Warranty – Ship Repair – Redelivery Damage (access required)

The owners of a ship that allegedly was damaged when it became stranded on a railway as defendant shipyard was redelivering it into the water after making repairs can sue the shipyard for breach of a warranty of workmanlike performance ...

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Contract – Government Contractor – Competitor Activity – Emergency TRO (access required)

A government contractor that has worked with defendant company to provide intelligence support to the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan wins a temporary restraining order from the Alexandria U.S. District Court to require defendant, who is about to be ...

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