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Criminal – Search & Seizure – Auto Stop – Passenger (access required)

Where the police officers who were traveling in a high-crime area to take pictures for potential identification purposes initially stopped the vehicle for failure to have a city registration decal, and the officers then ordered the driver and passenger out ...

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Tort/Negligence – Auto Accident – Contributory Negligence – Proper Lookout (access required)

Where plaintiff testified that even though she looked before entering the intersection, the “guard shack” near the entrance to the military property obstructed her view of vehicles traveling in a southerly direction in the left lane of the boulevard, defendant’s ...

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Wills & Trusts – Codicils – Holographic Will (access required)

Where the testator’s holographic will included six holographic codicils which made several changes, the chancellor did not err in ruling that the testator intended for her estate to be held in trust for the benefit of her husband until his ...

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Contract – Municipal – Procurement Act – 'Disinterested Person' (access required)

Where the contractor hired to renovate the Old Fairfax County Courthouse pursued a claim against the county for additional costs and damages, the county executive designated by the county to decide the contractual dispute was not a qualified “disinterested person” ...

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Wills & Trusts – Executor's Authority – Disclaimer By Named Beneficiary (access required)

Where testator desired to have a wildlife refuge established from her 500 acres, and to that end, she devised all her real property to the Humane Society of the United States, but that organization formally disclaimed the devise, the executor ...

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Corporate – Closely-Held – Distribution Of Assets – Shareholder Liability (access required)

Although the purchaser/share holders of the stock in the car dealership did not hold corporate meetings or elect corporate directors as required by statute, the shareholders nevertheless could be sued by the sellers, for their alleged “unlawful distribution of assets” ...

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Labor & Employment – At-Will Doctrine – Employee Manual – Disciplinary Memos (access required)

Although the former head bank teller claimed that an employment contract not to be terminated without cause had been created by certain oral assurances as well as by the employees’ handbook, the teller’s job description and two disciplinary memoranda written ...

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