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Griffith to donate historic pamphlet (access required)

Del. Morgan Griffith is donating a historic pamphlet to the Library of Virginia. The Republican from Salem recently found the 1799 legislative volume in his law office and decided donating it was the best way to keep it preserved. The ...

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Ex-Gov. Baliles is VPA’s Virginian of the Year (access required)

The Virginia Press Association has selected former Gov. Gerald Baliles as Virginian of the Year. Baliles will receive the award at the VPA’s banquet on March 20. A former state delegate and attorney general, Baliles was governor from 1986 to ...

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Negligence – P.I. Settlement – Lawyer Fraud (access required)

Although a lawyer, Stephen Conrad, defrauded his p.i. client by absconding with the money paid by the carrier to settle the client’s auto-accident case, a Prince William Circuit Court says the lawyer had apparent authority to settle the case and ...

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Negligence – Auto Accident – BAC – Toxicology Report (access required)

A Chesterfield County Circuit Court allows an opinion from plaintiff’s expert toxicologist and denies defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s punitive damages claim. The court finds that Dr. Alphone Poklis’s use of “outside windows” of absorption and elimination rates, that were ...

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Domestic Relations – Final Judgment Rule – Voidable Order (access required)

A wife who failed to file an answer or any pleading in response to husband’s complaint for divorce, and who filed a late answer and cross-bill without leave of the trial court, cannot overturn the final divorce decree with her ...

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Domestic Relations – Adoption – Incarcerated Dad (access required)

The Court of Appeals summarily affirms a trial court decision granting the petition filed by appellees to adopt the minor child. Although it was not required to do so by the statute, the trial court made a finding from the ...

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Domestic Relations – Amendment To Answer – Equitable Distribution (access required)

A trial court erred in refusing to grant wife, who initially appeared pro se, leave to amend her answer to seek equitable distribution of marital property, and the Court of Appeals reverses the decision and remands the case. Here, wife ...

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Domestic Relations – Appeals – Transcript (access required)

A court reporter was present at a hearing at issue in husband’s appeal of a circuit court order dismissing two of husband’s motions, but husband failed to file the transcript of the hearing in a timely manner and there is ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Husband’s Farms (access required)

Two farms acquired by husband prior to the parties’ marriage, paid for by husband’s father and titled in husband’s name alone, are husband’s separate property, despite wife’s claim that the farms appreciated in value during the marriage due to husband’s ...

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