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Monthly Archives: March 2009

When to name a number

Virginia p.i. lawyers have some leeway on when to name a number to a jury. Some lawyers like to name a dollar figure during voir dire, testing potential jurors for sticker shock over a high-dollar ad damnum. Newport News lawyer ...

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Attorneys – Legal Malpractice – P.I. Appeal (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court dismisses a legal malpractice action against defendant law firm hired to handle an appeal of an $8.3 million p.i. award against Wintegreen ski resort because Wintergreen has not demonstrated that, but for dismissal of the appeal ...

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Tort – Defamation – P.I. Appeal – Appeal Filing (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court dismisses a defamation case filed by a lawyer, who tried a personal injury suit for defendant Wintergreen Resort, against two lawyers who handled the appeal, which was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Virginia for failure ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Waterfront Property (access required)

Although husband claimed he used his separate funds to purchase and build on a waterfront parcel, including his 401(k), life insurance policies and property he owned before the marriage, he could not document the use of separate funds and the ...

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Domestic Relations – Paternity Petition – Mootness (access required)

The Court of Appeals dismisses a woman’s appeal of the denial of her petition to establish paternity filed prior to the birth of her child, as the child has been born and paternity has been established. Appellant requested a prenatal ...

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Administrative – ABC License – Underage Alcohol Sales (access required)

An ABC licensee, the Commodore Theater, cannot overturn the agency’s sanctions for the underage sale of alcohol by arguing that it did everything in its power to train employees, and should not be penalized for the employee’s action; the Court ...

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Search & Seizure – Anonymous Tip – Cocaine Distribution (access required)

A trial court did not err in denying defendant’s motion to suppress cocaine found on defendant when he was arrested after a police pursuit based on an anonymous tip describing a shirtless, armed individual running across a street, and the ...

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Criminal – Cocaine Distribution – Nearby Daycare Center (access required)

Although a lab tested only five of 47 small individual plastic bags of off-white powder found in a baggie that dropped from defendant’s hand, the amount tested in those five bags, 7.5 grams, was still inconsistent with personal use, according ...

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