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Ex-grocer wins $16M after business was destroyed (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court jury has awarded $16 million to the operator of a grocery store chain who contended that the country’s third-largest grocery supplier forced him out of business. Jonathan F. Johnson had a reputation in the late 1990s ...

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Judge finds fraud in sale of restaurant in Vienna (access required)

To say that Fairfax Circuit Judge Randy I. Bellows found that Ana G. Arias proved her case against Raoul and Edna Jean-Richard would be an understatement. Not only did he find the Jean-Richards liable under claims of breach of contract, ...

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Wine case working its way back through courts (access required)

The dispute between the Maison Louis Latour winery and The Country Vintner, a Virginia wine distributor, already has generated an important administrative law decision from the Supreme Court of Virginia. But opinions from a divided panel of the Virginia Court ...

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TILA notice on cancellation won't create rescission right (access required)

Providing a cancellation notice under the federal Truth in Lending Act does not create a right of rescission for a mortgage secured by commercial real estate, a federal judge in Newport News has ruled. John C. Lynch, the Norfolk attorney ...

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JIRC: Censure or remove J&DR judge (access required)

Tammy Giza and a deputy court clerk have a very different recollection of a custody hearing from that of the attorney for Giza’s husband and James Michael Shull, a juvenile and domestic relations district judge who sits in Lee, Scott ...

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Refining the law on sanctions (access required)

Last August, the Supreme Court of Virginia fined Roanoke lawyer D. Stan Barnhill $1,000 and suspended him from practicing before the court for a year because of an intemperate petition for rehearing he had filed. Over the next eight months, ...

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Sanctions: Fairfax judge finds liability by default (access required)

A Fairfax circuit judge has entered a default liability judgment against Cavalier Telephone because the company failed to produce discovery despite being ordered to do so on several occasions. The judgment stemmed from a dispute between Cavalier and Step 9 ...

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Wheelchair accident injuries settled for a total of $2.8M (access required)

Doris Starcher overcame one truly devastating accident. A car wreck in 1983 when she was 23 years old left her an incomplete quadriplegic—incomplete in that she maintained limited use of her arms and hands. There was no recovery because no ...

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Senators back 7 for two district judgeships (access required)

Virginia Sens. John Warner and Jim Webb have recommended seven candidates for two federal judgeships in the Eastern District of Virginia. If nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate, two of the candidates would succeed Judge T.S. Ellis ...

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$28M is awarded in Federal Tort Claim med-mal lawsuit (access required)

In June 2000, a little less that three years after her first son had been born with brain damage that left him retarded and disfigured by cerebral palsy, Jennifer Cibula visited doctors at the Bethesda Medical Center to talk about ...

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