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Criminal – Arson – Sufficiency – Appeals – Rule 5A:18 – Origin Of Fire (access required)

Although defendant did not object when the firefighter first testified that investigation of the fire had “eliminated the source as anything other than an incendiary fire, and defendant first objected when the firefighter was asked about any evidence indicating the ...

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Evidence – Attorney-Client Privilege – Crime-Fraud Exception (access required)

Where plaintiff parents are seeking certain documents from defendant hospital in connection with the parents’ suit alleging that the hospital fraudulently misrepresented to them that an independent criminal actor might have been responsible for the administration of an adult-strength dose ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Spousal Support – Change In Circumstances – Wife's Inheritance (access required)

Although the husband asserts that the death of wife’s mother, which occurred two years after their separation, may result in wife’s inheritance of approximately $25,000 to $40,000 which the court should take into consideration in a re-determination of equitable distribution ...

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Labor/Employment – Comp Bar – Assault & Battery – Negligent Hiring (access required)

Where plaintiff, a newspaper pressman, is suing defendant newspaper for assault and battery and negligent hiring, alleging that his supervisor on various occasions “goosed” him, his tort suit against the newspaper is not barred by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. ...

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Labor & Employment – At-Will Doctrine – Written Terms Of Agreement – No Employment For Definite Term (access required)

Although plaintiff’s former employers, a lighting company, agreed in writing to certain terms of employment when plaintiff threatened to quit, including salary increases and bonus, paid vacation, holidays and benefits, expenses and a “review every six months,” agreement on these ...

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Civil Practice – Summary Judgment – Motion Granted Without Opposition – Basis For Ruling (access required)

Where the district court in plaintiff’s suit for employee benefit plan medical expenses granted the summary judgment motion of defendants, an insurance company and an employee benefit plan administrator, by stamping the motion “GRANTED WITHOUT OPPOSITION FILED,” without any further ...

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Bankruptcy – Dischargeability Of Debt – Payments To Wife's Daughter – Alimony – Discharge (access required)

Although the debtor husband contends the $3,000 monthly payments called for in the parties’ marital settlement were intended for the support of wife’s incapacitated daughter from another marriage and the payments therefore were dischargeable, because the husband took the payments ...

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