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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Negligence – Premises Liability – Vacant Building – Maintenance Code (access required)

The owner of a vacant building who allegedly violated an ordinance requiring it to secure its building may be liable to the owner of an adjacent property that suffered damages when third-party trespassers set a fire in the vacant building ...

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Civil Procedure – Venue – Regularly Conducts Business (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court orders this suit against a law firm transferred from Richmond to Staunton Circuit Court, as plaintiff has failed to demonstrate that defendants “regularly conduct substantial business activity” in Richmond pursuant to Va. Code § 8.01-262(3) by ...

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Negligence – Premises Liability – Criminal Assault (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court says defendant security firm is not liable for its alleged failure to protect plaintiff from an attack by a non-resident at his residence, the Church Hill House in Richmond. Plaintiff claims defendant Securitas was negligent because ...

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Wills & Trusts – Holographic Will – No Witnesses (access required)

Although a typewritten and handwritten will plaintiff daughter found in her mother’s handbag after her death was not previously witnessed or signed by a notary in blanks on the printed form, a Fairfax Circuit Court grants plaintiff summary judgment to ...

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Domestic Relations – Premarital Agreement – Marital Debt (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit judge is obliged to implement an earlier decision by this court that incorporated the parties’ premarital agreement into a court order, and wife’s present objection to that action is overruled. When the parties entered the marriage on ...

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Criminal – Sexually Violent Predator – Sentencing (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court denies defendant’s motion to dismiss the commonwealth’s petition to have defendant sentenced as a Sexually Violent Predator under Va. Code § 37.2-900. Defendant requests dismissal of the petition, claiming that his rape sentence ended on Jan. ...

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Contract – Reasonable Attorney’s Fees – Summary Judgment (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court grants an award of $50,788.25 in attorney’s fees to defendants who won summary judgment on plaintiff’s contract action, as reasonable fees in accordance with the parties’ contract. The issue is whether the fees were reasonable. There ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery – Synagogue Construction – Insurance Policy (access required)

In this dispute over a congregation’s subpoena duces tecum to an insurance carrier for documents relating to an errors and omissions policy that purportedly covered construction by defendant of a synagogue complex, a Loudoun County Circuit Court grants the congregation’s ...

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Domestic Relations – Child Support Change – Job Change (access required)

Although father had just lost his job when he filed his motion to reduce child support, he since has found another job at a comparable salary, and the Loudoun County Circuit Court finds the father assumed the risk when he ...

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