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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Search & Seizure – Valid Traffic Stop – Pat-Down – Wallet Seizure (access required)

An officer’s illegal seizure of defendant’s wallet during a pat-down after a legal traffic stop did not illegally extend the duration of the stop, the Supreme Court of Virginia says, as police were trying to determine defendant’s identity. The experienced ...

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Civil Procedure – Discovery – Trade Secret Claim – Government Investigation (access required)

In a discovery dispute in DuPont’s suit against Kolon Industries alleging trade secret misappropriation, theft of confidential business information and conspiracy, a Richmond U.S. District Court says Kolon is entitled to a cover e-mail DuPont in-house counsel sent to an ...

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Criminal – Civil Commitment – Sexually Violent Predator – Prior Dismissed Charge (access required)

In determining whether defendant is a sexually violent predator under Va. Code § 37.2-900, a trial court did not err, the Virginia Supreme Court says, in refusing to strike the testimony of a mental health expert who relied on a ...

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Zoning – Building Height – Uniformity Requirement (access required)

A developer loses his challenge to a Falls Church zoning ordinance that establishes different building height regulations on one-family dwellings in the same zoning district; the ordinance does not violate Va. Code § 15.2-2282, and the Supreme Court of Virginia ...

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Negligence – Sovereign Immunity – Estate Administrators – Pro Se Status (access required)

In appeals of defense verdicts from a trial arising out of an automobile collision that caused both a personal injury and a fatality, the Supreme Court of Virginia dismisses the appeal of the decedent’s estate because the administrators filed the ...

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Civil Rights – Fair Housing – ADA – Housing Access – Preemption (access required)

A developer of multi-family housing sued by disability advocacy groups cannot pursue state law cross-claims for indemnification, negligence and breach of contract against the project architect, because the state law claims are preempted by the federal Fair Housing Act and ...

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