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Criminal – Jury Instruction – Second-Degree Murder – Adverse Witness (access required)

There was sufficient evidence to support a conviction for first-degree murder where testimony at trial indicated defendant shot the victim in the back three times while the victim was running away from defendant. Also, defendant was not entitled to call ...

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Criminal – First-Degree Murder – Cross-Exam Of Witness – Dispute Between Witness & Wife (access required)

In defendant’s trial for the first-degree murder of his brother-in-law, the trial court did not err in allowing limited cross-examination of defendant’s current brother-in-law concerning the witnesses’ dispute with his wife, defendant’s sister. Defendant was convicted of the first-degree murder ...

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Domestic Relations – Child Support – Cost Of Child Care (access required)

Where the mother’s employment and child-care situation have changed since the parties’ agreement in 1992, the court awards the mother an increase in child support from $300 per month to $639.30 per month. The parties’ total combined gross monthly income ...

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Commercial – Liability On Notes – Demand Note – Good Faith – ECOA (309834) (access required)

1994 V.C.C. (VLW 094-8-202) Becon Servs. Corp. v. Hazel Indus. Inc. Attorneys Sanctions Under Va. Statute – Letter As Guarantee Although the Circuit Court sustained defendant’s demurrer asserting that the document signed by the electrical subcontractor on this high school ...

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Jurisdiction – Personal – Puerto Rican District Court – Gambling Debt (access required)

Where plaintiff, a casino in Puerto Rico, is seeking to enforce a Puerto Rican federal district court default judgment against a Virginia resident who visited the hotel and signed a marker for his gambling debts, the default judgment against defendant ...

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Insurance – Notice Of Policy Defense – Waiver (access required)

Where a liability insurance carrier that failed to notify claimants of its intention to rely on a defense that the insured boat club failed to notify the carrier of claimants’ accident at the boat club until five years after it ...

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Workers' Comp – Occupational Disease – Tendinitis Of Rotator Cuff (access required)

Where this case awarding compensation for tendinitis of the rotator cuffs and subacromial impingement was decided before the Supreme Court decision in Merillat Indus. Inc. v. Parks, 246 Va. 429 (1993), and the parties therefore did not have the opportunity ...

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Commercial – HUD Contract – Reduction Of Contract Rents (access required)

Where plaintiff real estate partnership entered into a rental assistance agreement with the Department of Housing & Urban Development, but after an audit, HUD concluded that, due to excessive charges for rehabilitation costs to the low-income housing renovated by the ...

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