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Attorneys – Sanctions Under Va. Statute – Tax Assessment Challenge (access required)

An Augusta County Circuit Court says a lawyer who misused legal process to challenge real estate tax assessments by suing local supervisors and the commissioner of revenue is sanctioned under Va. Code § 8.01-271.1, and must pay $2,000 for the ...

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Administrative – Occupational Safety – Inspector Fatality – Civil Penalties (access required)

In this appeal by the Fairfax County Department of Public Works & Environmental Services of a circuit court finding that substantial evidence supported all but two of the Virginia Occupational Safety & Health civil penalty citations issued by the Virginia ...

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Domestic Relations – Appeals – Transcript – Custody  (access required)

Conspicuously missing from the 3,351-page appendix in husband’s appeal of this divorce case is a complete transcript of the trial court’s ruling from the bench awarding sole custody of the children to wife, and that ruling cannot be reviewed under ...

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Search & Seizure – Auto Search – Crack Cookie Block  (access required)

Police did not violate defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights when they seized defendant, as well as a cocaine cookie block found beneath the seat of defendant’s automobile, after a valid stop based on observation of defendant’s illegally parked vehicle, which matched ...

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Domestic Relations – Appeals – Rule 5A:20 – Child Support (access required)

The Court of Appeals summarily affirms a trial court decision on child support because appellant mother has failed to file a replacement opening brief to comply with Rule 5A:20(C); the pleading does not contain any principles of law, argument or ...

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