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Va. Supreme Court to post unpublished orders (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will allow easier access to some of its less prominent decisions. The court has agreed to start posting its unpublished orders on its website, the court’s clerk said Friday. Clerk Patricia L. Harrington said she ...

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Wife’s angry calls were threats, court says (access required)

A woman who grabbed her estranged husband’s cell phone after he called 911 and later left phone messages replete with cursing, name-calling and a warning that people would get what was coming to them, can be convicted of making telephone threats, ...

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Fairfax was wrong forum for defamation case (access required)

A Fairfax Circuit Court should have granted a Hong Kong-based businessman’s motion to dismiss a defamation suit under a statute that allows dismissal of suits brought by non-residents of Virginia. A split Supreme Court of Virginia said in Hotung v. ...

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Court rejects rehearing in Va. Tech cases

The Supreme Court of Virginia has closed the final door to recovery for families of two victims of the Virginia Tech shootings who sued the state rather than accept $100,000 settlements. The court Tuesday denied the families’ petitions for rehearing ...

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Va. Supreme Court posts audio recordings of arguments (access required)

Reversing an earlier decision to bar access to recordings of oral arguments, the Supreme Court of Virginia has begun posting the recordings on its website. The court announced Jan. 10 that audio recordings will be posted at the end of ...

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Va. Supreme Court blocks bid to avoid medical malpractice cap

An effort to recover more than the maximum allowed under Virginia law in a birth injury case has been turned aside by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court decided that injuries to Marissa Simpson, now 12, caused by a ...

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Newspaper wins defamation appeal (access required)

A Norfolk newspaper does not owe damages to a Chesapeake school principal for an article that, according to the principal, insinuated he arranged for his son to get special treatment. The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the ruling of a ...

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Sanctions reversed for ‘oral motion’ (access required)

Two Richmond lawyers cannot be sanctioned for their argument in support of a divorce client ordered to pay her husband’s attorney’s fees. The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed sanctions ordered by Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer against Michael Shebelskie ...

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Oyster operations scuttled by high court (access required)

Oysters have no backbone and oyster farming can’t count as farming for a York County resident who grew his own among his neighbors. A York County Circuit Court upheld two landowners’ right to cultivate a homegrown product, but the Supreme Court ...

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