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Monthly Archives: February 2009

Environmental – Coal-Fired Plant – Reduced Emissions – Credit Allocation (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court dismisses a petition filed by a coal-fired power plant owner challenging the State Air Pollution Board’s adoption of a regulation on the nonattainment area requirements of the Clean Air Interstate Rule, that the owner says unfairly ...

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Wills & Trusts – Heirs – Adopted Child – Choice Of Law (access required)

A decedent’s biological daughter who was adopted in Pennsylvania at age two by her stepfather can inherit from her biological father, who died intestate, a share of his personal property and of real property he owned in Virginia at the ...

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REHEARINGS GRANTED (access required)

On Jan. 26, 2009, the Virginia Court of Appeals granted rehearing en banc in Clark v. Commonwealth, No. 2656-07-2, VLW 008-7-546(UP). The court vacated its original panel opinion of Dec. 23, 2008, which held that there was insufficient evidence to ...

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Search & Seizure – Parking lot – Weapons Frisk (access required)

On appeal by the commonwealth, the Court of Appeals reverses an order suppressing hydrocodone pills discovered in defendant’s pocket the night he was arrested, after a police officer discovered defendant in his truck in a parking lot, apparently intoxicated, with ...

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Lawyers in the News (access required)

Two associates in the Northern Virginia office of Holland & Knight have been elevated to partnership. Brandon Elledge, a member of the firm’s litigation section, concentrates his practice on employment-related and other commercial litigation matters. He received his undergraduate degree ...

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Search & Seizure – Consensual Encounter – Outstanding Warrant (access required)

Police did not need a particularized suspicion to approach a vehicle in a restaurant parking lot and question defendant about his identity, and he was not seized until police determined there was an outstanding warrant for him, the Court of ...

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Workers’ Comp – Knee Injury – Medical Payments (access required)

A claimant who suffered a lateral meniscus tear to his right knee when he stood up from an awkward seated position after connecting electrical components on a dishwasher and later suffered nerve pain and premature arthritis in his left knee ...

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Domestic Relations – GAL Testimony – Harmless Error (access required)

Even if a trial court erred in allowing a child’s guardian ad litem to testify about what she observed, that error was harmless and the Court of Appeals affirms trial court orders that terminated the mother’s parental rights and refused ...

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After 30 years, Fairfax homicide is solved (access required)

FAIRFAX—Fairfax County police say they’ve solved a 30-year-old homicide case. Officials say 68-year-old John Bell was stabbed to death by an intruder at his sister’s home in Oakton in 1979. Some of the suspect’s hair and bandanna remained at the ...

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