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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Will the VSB renew Fastcase? (access required)

You’ve done your research and you’re ready to represent your client, a Virginia Beach night club, in a challenge to the local noise ordinance. Case law in hand, you head to court. There may not be controlling Virginia authority, but ...

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Civil Rights – Online Land Records – Privacy Right – SSNs (access required)

A Richmond U.S. District Court holds that Va. Code § 59.1-443.2 is unconstitutional and cannot be applied to the Web site of a privacy-rights advocate opposed to the inclusion in online land records of personal information such as Social Security ...

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Court-appointed lawyers finally filing fee waivers (access required)

Virginia’s court-appointed criminal defense attorneys appear to be finally getting with the program. They are filing their fee forms asking for a waiver of Virginia’s caps on court-appointed fees. That’s a great relief to Betsy Wells Edwards of the Virginia ...

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Social guest can sue apartment complex (access required)

A social guest can proceed on his claim that the owner of an apartment complex is liable for injuries inflicted on him by a trespasser at the complex, a Loudoun County judge has ruled. The claim grew out of a ...

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Environmental – Toxic Substances Control Act – Administrative Warrant (access required)

The Environmental Protection Agency can obtain an administrative warrant to inspect places containing regulated chemical substances in order to carry out the EPA’s authority under the Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. § 2601, and the 4th Circuit upholds the ...

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Professional negligence claim against engineering firm OK (access required)

The owners of a parking lot damaged under the weight of heavy trash trucks can sue the engineering firm that designed the lot for professional negligence. The reason: the economic loss rule. The case is Central Park Drive, LLC v. ...

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Criminal – Speedy Trial Act – Continuance – Ends Of Justice – Marijuana Plants (access required)

A West Virginia couple charged with growing marijuana at their home have their convictions overturned by the 4th Circuit because the 103-day continuance ordered by the district court did not comply with the strict requirements for granting an ends-of-justice continuance ...

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Suit over property owners’ group nixed (access required)

A lawsuit that sought the breakup of a 2,700-member property owners’ association near Winchester has been tossed out of court. Frederick County Circuit Judge John R. Prosser ruled in open court Tuesday that a Virginia property owners’ association is not ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Edward E. Nicholas has joined the Richmond office of Vandeventer Black. Nicholas concentrates his law practice in construction, business and commercial litigation, insurance litigation and professional liability defense. His construction practice focuses on the defense of design professionals against personal ...

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Man who shot wife with crossbow sentenced to life (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—A Virginia Beach man convicted of killing his wife with a crossbow in 2006 has been sentenced to life in prison. Kenneth Creamer was sentenced last week in the death of Anna Creamer. A jury convicted the 47-year-old of ...

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