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Negligence – Auto Accident – Punitive Damages – Running Stop Sign – Leaving Accident Scene (access required)

Where plaintiff’s motion for judgment alleges defendant ran a stop sign and collided with plaintiff and then defendant fled the scene of the accident, this alleged conduct does not support plaintiff’s claim for punitive damages. Although failure to stay at ...

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Criminal – Defense Experts – Application For State Funds – Ex Parte Hearing (access required)

Where defendant has moved for state funds to obtain expert assistance in defending against charges which include rape, abduction and maiming, defendant is not entitled under Ramdass v. Commonwealth (1993), to an ex parte hearing on his application in order ...

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Contract – Essential Terms – Negotiation Letter (309906) (access required)

1994 V.C.C. (VLW 094-8-224) McDonough v. Alpha Constr. & Eng’g Corp. Corporate Dissolution – Md. Law – Stock Valuation Where plaintiff minority stockholders of this Maryland corporation have filed an action for dissolution under Maryland law, and defendants elected to ...

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Workers' Comp – Attorney's Fee – Self-Funded Benefit (access required)

Where claimant was awarded benefits for her occupational disease of carpal tunnel syndrome, and the employer paid medical expenses pursuant to a self-funded medical benefits plan, the employer is liable for an attorney fee award under Va. Code § 65.2-714. ...

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Criminal – Substitution Of Counsel – Timely Motion (access required)

Where defendant, on the first day of his trial for cocaine distribution, moved to replace his counsel of three months and for a continuance to allow new counsel to become acquainted with the case, the district court did not err ...

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Tort – Defamation – Limited-Purpose Public Figure – Private Individual – Child-Custody Dispute (access required)

Although a widely publicized child custody battle became a “public controversy” because of the mother being jailed for refusing to reveal the child’s whereabouts, the child’s grandparents, plaintiffs in this defamation suit, did not become “limited-purpose public figures,” but remained ...

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Criminal – Habeas Corpus – Independent State Ground – Plea Agreement (access required)

Although the North Carolina state court considered on the merits petitioner’s claim that his plea of guilty to second-degree murder was unconstitutional because his sentence did not comport with his plea agreement, the state court clearly held that petitioner’s motion ...

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Jurisdiction – Long-Arm Statute – Packaging Manufactured In Virginia (access required)

Although defendant, a family-owned California tea company, contends that when it negotiated two packaging contracts with the plaintiff manufacturer, whose principal place of business is in Virginia, the California company dealt only minimally with the manufacturer’s Virginia employees and that ...

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