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Civil Rights – Section 8 Housing – Benefits Terminated – Drug Activity – 'Family Member' (access required)

A public housing authority did not violate the constitutional rights of a woman who received “Section 8” housing assistance by terminating her benefits after a legal police search uncovered drugs and drug-related paraphernalia on the premises. Plaintiff argued that the ...

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Civil Rights – Attorney's Fees – Prevailing Party – University Speeches (access required)

A plaintiff who settled his challenge to Virginia Tech’s requirements for speakers not affiliated with the university, thus allowing him an opportunity to preach on campus, is entitled to an award of $5,000 in attorney’s fees and $65 in costs. ...

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Employment Discrimination – Sexual Harassment – Postal Service – Korean Female – Compensatory Damages (access required)

A Korean postal employee who was subjected to ongoing sexual harassment by male co-workers, and whose complaints to postal supervisors failed to bring a prompt and adequate response, is entitled to compensatory damages for pain and suffering of $15,000. The ...

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Commercial – Priorities – Deeds Of Trust – Structured Transactions (access required)

The beneficiaries of two junior deeds of trust with a designated trustee are not entitled to take priority over a bank’s lien. In this appeal involving the priorities of several deeds of trust, we consider 1) whether a transaction structured ...

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Workers' Comp – Additional Injuries – Claimant's Credibility (access required)

Claimant was not entitled to benefits for additional injuries from an accident, for which he already had received benefits for a crushed hand, where the deputy commissioner rejected claimant’s testimony that his inability to speak English resulted in the delay ...

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Domestic Relations – Custody – Authority Over Wife's New Husband (access required)

A Fairfax trial court had authority to order wife’s new husband to refrain from making derogatory remarks about her ex-husband to the parties’ six children. Mother’s husband had testified as a witness, was present in court and was subject to ...

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Rehearing Granted (312708) (access required)

On July 14, 1995, the Virginia Court of Appeals granted a rehearing en banc in Jennings v. Commonwealth VLW 095-7-197, (Record No. 0424-93-4). A digest of the original panel opinion appeared at 9 VLW 1134, March 20, 1995.

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Criminal – Entrapment – Marijuana Purchase (access required)

A trial court’s refusal to allow defendant to present an entrapment defense does not require reversal of defendant’s conviction for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Defendant claimed he was entrapped by an undercover officer whom he met while ...

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