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Intellectual Property – Computer Software – Va. Trade Secrets Act (access required)

Although defendant computer programmer was an employee of plaintiff company during the time period that he created a satellite orbital simulation program, and although the company on one occasion used the program to win a contract with a particular client, ...

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Negligence – Premises Liability – Slip & Fall – Filling Station (access required)

Where plaintiff entered defendant’s cashier’s booth to pay for her gasoline, and fell as she exited to return to her car, plaintiff’s own testimony that she was aware of the step leading up to the booth as she entered, but ...

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Civil Rights – County Social Worker – Retaliation – Job References (access required)

Although plaintiff, who resigned from defendant Department of Social Services while a probationary social worker, contends she was unable to secure another job because defendants gave her negative job references in retaliation for her request that the county Board of ...

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Employment Discrimination – Age – EEOC Charge – Equitable Tolling (access required)

Although plaintiff claims he did not realize until his attorney received documents through discovery that he had a potential claim for age discrimination in his layoff, plaintiff nevertheless has failed to present a reason for equitable tolling of the 180-day ...

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Taxation – Real Estate Assessment – Lack Of Uniformity (access required)

Although the taxpayers who were challenging three years of real estate assessments on their relocated and reconstructed 18th-century house presented expert evidence that 1) there was no record of the sale of any house in the town for more than ...

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Property – Resulting Trust – Real Estate Purchase (access required)

Where a father and mother co-signed financing and closing documents for their son and his wife to purchase real estate, but the parents only acted as accommodation makers in the purchase, the trial court did not err in finding a ...

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Criminal – Revocation Of Suspended Sentence – Expiration Of Probation Period (access required)

Although defendant claimed the trial court could not revoke his previously suspended sentence for larceny and arson because his probation period under the same set of sentences had expired at the time his misconduct made him eligible for revocation, the ...

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Criminal – Cocaine – Marijuana – Constructive Possession (access required)

Where police found cocaine, pentobarbital, marijuana and a firearm in a dwelling that defendant occupied with another person, and the police found mail addressed to defendant on a dresser with a postmark six days before the search, the evidence did ...

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Criminal – Severance – Defendant's Military Uniform (access required)

Where the trial court conditioned severance of one of several firearms charges against defendant on his agreement to wear civilian clothes rather than his military uniform at trial, we hold that defendant, who was on active duty in the Navy, ...

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Domestic Relations – Bankruptcy – Husband's Discharge – Equitable Distribution Award – Military Pension (access required)

Where the husband’s discharge in bankruptcy included a contingent claim for any equitable distribution award arising from the parties’ pending divorce proceedings, the trial court erred in granting wife an award that apportioned to husband a share of the marital ...

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