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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Kaine sets tax amnesty period

Gov. Tim Kaine hopes to collect $48 million for the state’s general fund through a tax amnesty program. Persons – in the broadest legal sense of that term: individuals, corporations, trusts and partnerships – can take advantage of the offer. ...

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Medical Malpractice – Chiropractic Treatment – Suit ‘Discontinuation’ – Reinstatement (access required)

A Newport News Circuit Court holds that the one-year period for reinstatement of a med-mal case dismissed under the inactivity rule controlled over the statute of limitation for the underlying claim, i.e., even though the statute of limitation had run ...

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Negligence – Overhead Utility Lines – Contributory Negligence (access required)

The estate of a construction worker who was electrocuted his first day on the job at Leesburg Business Park can sue an electric utility, the property owner and a utility services contractor for claims of negligence and gross negligence. The ...

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Criminal – Capital Case – Assault On Officer – Prison Risk Assessment (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia upholds defendant’s capital murder conviction and death sentences for shooting and killing a hospital security guard and a law enforcement officer, after assaulting a deputy when escaping from a hospital where defendant had been taken ...

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Criminal – Capital Case – Death Penalty – Defective Verdict Forms (access required)

A defendant convicted of rape and two capital murders 17 years after the crimes, based on a “cold hit” identification of defendant’s DNA, has his death sentences reversed because the verdict forms used by the jury in imposing death sentences ...

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Contract – Coal Transport – Cost Rate – Damages (access required)

In this contract dispute between a railway company and two utility companies over periodic cost adjustments of rates charged by the railway company for transport of coal to an electricity generating facility in Halifax County, the Supreme Court of Virginia ...

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Criminal – Sentencing – Robbery Conspiracy – Intimidation (access required)

An employee of a Dick’s sporting goods store cannot be convicted of robbery or a related firearm charge, because his coconspirator’s use of an air gun was not directed at the store employee who testified he had “some concern” after ...

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Real Estate – Easement Conveyance – Deed (access required)

The owner of an eight-acre tract in Montgomery County wins reversal of a trial court decision recognizing that an owner of adjacent property, Brush Mountain Estates LLC, had a 50-foot easement across appellant owner’s property, based on notes on a ...

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