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Traffic Offenses – Habitual Offender – Predicate Conviction – License Restoration (access required)

Although respondent’s license was restored to him after he paid his fines and costs on his 1991 DUI conviction, that conviction nevertheless qualifies as a “predicate conviction” under the habitual offender statute, Va. Code § 46.2-355. Respondent’s argument against counting ...

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Commercial – Mechanic's Lien – Open Account – Purchase Order As Contract (access required)

A lumber company did not meet the 90-day time limit for filing certain memoranda of mechanic’s liens because the company filed its memoranda based on its “open account” agreement with the contractor, not on the individual purchase orders submitted by ...

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Traffic Offenses – Enhanced Punishment – Admissibility Of Prior Conviction – 'Specific Recidivist' Statute (access required)

At the guilt phase of defendant’s trial on a charge that allows enhanced punishment for a traffic offense, the commonwealth may not introduce evidence of defendant’s prior conviction of driving after having been declared an habitual offender. The statutory enhancement ...

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Tort – Municipal – Immunity – Municipal Corporation – Tollway Authority (access required)

The Richmond Metropolitan Authority, a municipal corporation, is not immune from personal-injury suits for negligence committed in the operation of tollgates on its highways, and the court overrules the authority’s plea in bar to a suit alleging plaintiff was injured ...

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Worker's Comp – Occupational Disease – Heart Condition – Police Officer (access required)

Employer rebutted the presumption that claimant’s cardiac condition was an occupational disease from being a police officer because two doctors testified that claimant would have developed the condition regardless of his occupation. Claimant is a 57-year-old who has been employed ...

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Workers' Comp – Medical Services Payment – Physician's Billing Code (access required)

A deputy commissioner erred in awarding a physician full medical payments after finding that the physician had “upcoded,” i.e. billed for services using a medical code that reflected a more complex patient history, more severe medical problem, more lengthy and ...

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Search & Seizure – Investigative Stop – Train-Station Detention (access required)

A woman’s refusal to allow a search of a duffel bag, after she had consented to a search of her handbag and her person when she was detained at a train station, cannot be considered in determining whether there was ...

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Administrative – Black Lung Benefits – Presumptive Proof Employer's Rebuttal (access required)

A retired miner who spent 27 years working in coal mines has established his presumptive entitlement to black lung benefits under federal regulations, and the employer’s medical evidence has failed to rebut that presumption. A retired coal miner petitions for ...

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