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Santoro named bankruptcy judge (access required)

Frank J. Santoro has been named a bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, to replace David H. Adams who will retire Jan. 2, 2008, upon the completion of his term of appointment. Santoro is expected to ...

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Homeowners group soaked (access required)

Roanoke couple who wanted a hot tub at their new home thought they had all their bases covered before they began building. When Michael and Amy Hovis bought one of the last lots in Parkway Place, a subdivision in southwest ...

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Tree rule uprooted (access required)

Overruling a 68-year-old precedent, the Supreme Court of Virginia has uprooted a rule that limited a neighbor’s remedies when confronted by the tree next door. In Fancher v. Fagella (VLW 007-6-098), Richard Fancher sued townhouse neighbor Joseph Fagella, alleging that ...

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Fair Credit claim wins $100K in punitives (access required)

A credit reporting agency has to pay a consumer $100,000 in punitive damages for failing to reinvestigate false information in a consumer credit report. On Aug. 27, a Richmond federal district court denied Trans Union LLC’s post-verdict motions seeking to ...

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Access granted: Wife can override passwords (access required)

circuit court can allow a computer forensic expert to access password-protected data a wife says will prove fault grounds for divorce, under Virginia’s computer trespass statute and general discovery rules. In a case of first impression, a Fairfax circuit judge ...

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?Fugitive' father forfeits appeal (access required)

A father has forfeited his right to appeal custody rulings by refusing to comply with court orders to return the child to his mother. In a first-impression decision, the Virginia Court of Appeals applied the “fugitive disentitlement doctrine” to hold ...

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