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Defendant pickup driver wins in I-81 crash (access required)

A driver who was rear-ended by a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer cannot collect from the pickup driver, the Supreme Court of Virginia said in its June 28 unpublished order in Venhorst v. Osbaldeston.  The case arose from an ...

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Fired exec can’t add to $5M award (access required)

A fired executive who won a $5 million award for breach of a retention agreement cannot add a “performance bonus” to that award, under a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Virginia on June 28. The executive, Army ...

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Fired exec can’t add to $5M award (access required)

A fired executive who won a $5 million award for breach of a retention agreement cannot add a “performance bonus” to that award, under a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Virginia on June 28. The executive, Army ...

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Appeal granted in proffer clash (access required)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a simmering dispute over when Virginia localities have to delay their collection of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing communities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval of their building ...

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Appeal granted in proffer clash (access required)

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a simmering dispute over when Virginia localities have to delay their collection of cash proffers from developers. Some fast-growing communities require builders to make cash payments in exchange for approval of their building ...

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Prosecutor was ‘incompetent,’ court rules (access required)

A prosecutor who could be considered “incompetent” under Virginia legal ethics rules in his ill-fated pursuit of a drug conviction was nevertheless not shown to have knowingly filed meritless charges, the Supreme Court has ruled. Thursday’s decision by the high ...

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Supreme Court will revisit ‘Hernandez’ issue (access required)

The Supreme Court could offer further guidance on when a trial judge has authority to defer disposition of criminal charges for possible dismissal. The high court has agreed to hear a case in which a Fairfax County judge ruled he ...

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Court to consider Salahi’s unfinished ‘Journey’ (access required)

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider one bit of unfinished business in the wake of the messy divorce and personal injury lawsuit arising from the split between wine-maker Tareq Salahi and wife Michaele. While a settlement brought an end ...

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Asbestos claims reinstated on appeal (access required)

A former elevator installer and maintenance man who allegedly died of asbestosis can maintain his lawsuit against a group of elevator companies based on asbestos contained in their products, the Supreme Court has ruled. Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin R. Hughes ...

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Appeal takes aim at medical malpractice cap (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider two cases involving multimillion-dollar verdicts, including an appeal that challenges Virginia’s medical malpractice damages cap for a child’s suit against her mother’s obstetrician. The decision could mean a $5.4-million difference in ...

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