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Breaking the spell: Man recovers most of his assets (access required)

A man who lavished more than a million dollars on an Australian woman with whom he had a two-year, “magical” but “non-romantic” relationship has been able to get most of his money back. But he had to sue her for ...

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News in Brief for Sept. 4, 1995 (access required)

Attorney General goes online The Attorney General’s office is on the Internet. The address: vaattygen@aol.com. The idea is to allow a two-way dialogue with constituents. Attorney General James S. Gilmore III has posted public information in the Virginia Forum section ...

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Cable company tagged for business conspiracy (access required)

A cable-television company must pay treble damages, plus punitive damages, to a competitor for statutory conspiracy, a federal judge in Charlottesville has ruled. The cable company was faulted for this practice: It would target an apartment complex currently serviced by ...

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Judge can't pick apart couple's PSA (access required)

A father cannot be ordered to pay both child support under the guidelines and his son’s college expenses under a property settlement agreement, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The trial judge erred when he accepted only part of the ...

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After GDC nonsuit, case refiled in Circuit Court (access required)

A plaintiff who took a nonsuit in General District Court can refile her suit in Circuit Court, a Rockingham County Circuit judge has ruled. The ruling intensifies a split among Virginia circuits about a plaintiff’s options after nonsuiting in General ...

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Consumer Protection claim was based on oral ad (access required)

The buyer of a mobile home suing in Rockingham County Circuit Court can bring a claim under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act for an oral “advertisement,” the court ruled on an issue of apparent first impression. In Richardson v. Fleetwood ...

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Jury instruction taken off headnote created error (access required)

Lawyers and judges who stray from the Model Jury Instructions have a new imperative: When writing instructions taken from cases, make sure the headnotes of the case match the actual language of a decision. A man convicted of sodomy earned ...

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Criminal Procedure: Lawyer must renew motion to strike to save appeal (access required)

A defendant must renew a motion to strike at the end of his case to preserve sufficiency of the evidence as an issue for appeal, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The en banc decision reaffirms common practice and reverses ...

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Low-impact crash settled for $2M (access required)

The family of a Northern Virginia man killed in a low-impact car crash has settled their lawsuit against Chrysler Corp. for $2 million. The suit in Prince William County was one of at least 24 products-liability suits filed against the ...

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Anonymous tip on gun justifies cop's search (access required)

A police officer who received an anonymous tip that a man was brandishing a gun in a laundromat could search the defendant outside the laundromat a minute later, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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