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Lienor need not sue all trustees named in deed (access required)

A workman seeking to enforce a mechanic’s lien need not sue all trustees named in the property’s deed of trust, a Spotsylvania Circuit judge has ruled on an issue of apparent first impression. The deed of trust contained standard language ...

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Grandparent visitation allowed, but with limits (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Grandparents can seek visitation of a grandchild over the parents’ objection, but the grandparents must show that their being kept away is harmful to the child, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in ...

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'St. Elmo's' plus 'Friends' equals 'Tenth Justice' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief THE TENTH JUSTICE. By Brad Meltzer. Rob Weisbach Books. 389 pp. $23.00 Reader, beware. “The Tenth Justice” by Brad Meltzer is bit of a stinker. Maybe that’s a bit harsh: “The Tenth Justice” is ...

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'Bowman' claim is barred by Comp Act (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A nurse’s Bowman wrongful discharge claim is barred by the Workers’ Compensation Act, a federal judge in Roanoke has ruled in a case of first impression. The nurse filed a comp claim after she ...

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Man's suicide will not bar workers' comp (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The family of a man who committed suicide because of chronic pain and depression following a workplace accident can recover workers’ compensation benefits, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first ...

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Tattoo parlor can enforce noncompete for 5 years (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A tattoo parlor owner can enforce a noncompete agreement that prohibits a lessee from competing against him within 150 miles and for five years after termination of the lease, an Isle of Wight Circuit ...

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'COMMUNITY CARETAKER' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief The commonwealth may use the “community caretaker” doctrine to justify the search of a defendant’s home, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The community caretaker rationale, based on a 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case, ...

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JUROR PERMITTED TO ASK QUESTION AT MURDER TRIAL (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief A juror can ask questions of a defense witness in a criminal trial, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of first impression. In a murder case that revolved around just ...

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'The Partner': Grisham does 'Mission: Impossible' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief THE PARTNER. By John Grisham. Doubleday. 366 pages. $26.95. Patrick Lanigan had it all. A thriving law practice in Biloxi, Miss. A beautiful wife, a new baby. Prestige, money, a ticket to fat city. ...

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'Impact on family' not factor during sentencing (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief After he has been convicted of a felony, a man cannot introduce evidence of the impact jail time would have on his family and his employer, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled in ...

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