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Tort suit against sub barred by no privity (access required)

A service station operator cannot bring a negligence suit against a subcontractor who damaged underground storage tanks while renovating the station, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled. The time delay needed to repair the damage to the tanks delayed ...

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Statewide criminal bar organizes (access required)

A new statewide bar group, the Virginia College of Criminal Defense Attorneys, will hold its first annual convention next week in Richmond. The group is an independent, voluntary bar association limited to attorneys representing criminal defendants. Although a similar group ...

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Roanoke burn victim gains $4M (access required)

A Roanoke man burned when fumes from a contact adhesive ignited has won a $4 million jury verdict for his injuries. The award is believed to be one of the largest verdicts ever in Virginia in a products liability case, ...

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DNA database makes "cold hit" (access required)

Virginia’s DNA matching system made its first “cold hit” – a match between crime scene evidence and a genetic sample in state forensic records – and provided probable cause for the arrest of a rape suspect. The case comes as ...

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"Caretaker function" not a basis for stop (access required)

A state trooper’s desire to find out if a motorist was having any mechanical difficulty was not a justifiable reason to stop the motorist’s pickup truck, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. In overturning the defendant’s drunken driving conviction, ...

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