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Administrative – College Tuition – Graduate Student – Residency (access required)

A 24-year-old man who moved from North Carolina to Virginia to attend dental school at the Medical College of Virginia has established his status as a Virginia resident for purposes of paying in-state tuition. Since coming to Virginia, plaintiff has ...

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Commercial – Mechanic's Lien – Memorandum – Statement Of Intent (access required)

Memoranda of mechanic’s liens filed in this construction dispute are not fatally defective for failure to include a “statement declaring the intention to claim the benefit of the lien.” Virginia Code § 43-4 does state that a memorandum of mechanic’s ...

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Workers' Comp – Arising Out Of – 'Coming & Going' Rule (access required)

A claimant who worked as an “auto detailer” and who was injured in an auto accident while using a vehicle he intended to buy from the auto dealer he worked for is not entitled to workers’ comp because his accident ...

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Negligence – Comp Bar – Arising Out Of – Pressroom 'Goosing' Incident (access required)

A newspaper pressman whose supervisor “goosed” him and brought back memories of a childhood sexual assault can recover $40,000 compensatory and $100,000 punitive damages from his newspaper employer; the pressman’s tort suit is not barred by the Workers’ Compensation Act. ...

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Property – Commercial Lease – Heating & Air Conditioning – Repair Or Replace – Rent Withheld By Tenant (access required)

Although commercial lease obliged a landlord to repair the roof and exterior heating and air conditioning units, that obligation did not extend to replacement of the units even if they were no longer functioning. Applying the plain meaning of the ...

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Civil Practice – Requests For Admission – Rule 4:11 (access required)

An insured’s admissions that her son-in-law did not have a driver’s license and had been expressly prohibited from driving the vehicle insured in her name at the time of his auto accident preclude the insured from later offering contrary testimony ...

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Civil Rights – Age Discrimination – Interest On Back Pay (access required)

Plaintiff is not entitled to interest on her back-pay award against the federal government as her employer due to age discrimination because Title VII of the 1991 Civil Rights Act does not apply to her claim, which arose before the ...

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