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Police must disclose officer’s arrests under court ruling (access required)

Police personnel records are protected from public disclosure under Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, but a police department must identify persons arrested by a particular officer under a decision Friday from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court’s published order ...

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Buyer lost access to public road (access required)

A fight over an easement left one owner with restricted access to a public road, as the Supreme Court of Virginia said the easement had been extinguished by a prior owner’s purchase of both parcels. The 35-foot wide easement was ...

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Court split over builder’s contract recovery (access required)

In Smith v. Owens, the Supreme Court reversed a judgment for a home builder against a woman who had not signed a contract she and the co-owner allegedly jointly negotiated with the builder. Both owners, Walter Smith and Sarah Hill, ...

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Legal pleadings faulted in shoulder dystocia case (access required)

A mother’s defective legal pleadings prevented her birth-injured daughter from suing for medical malpractice, because the mother joined her daughter’s claim to the mother’s own claim. The suit alleged injuries from shoulder dystocia during the child’s birth on Jan. 1, ...

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High court will hear doctor ‘respondeat superior’ case (access required)

A Portsmouth Circuit Court’s decision to set aside a $3.5 million med-mal award will give the Supreme Court of Virginia a look at liability for a doctor’s practice group when a jury said the doctor was not negligent. In Westermann ...

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Abuse victim’s suit too late (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected the appeal of a plaintiff who sought to collect damages from a man who had molested him as a youth, and who later resumed a relationship the plaintiff said led to his emotional ...

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We are family, justices say (access required)

Serving as a clerk for the Supreme Court of Virginia is a singular honor that is shared by an elite group of lawyers. Last night many former clerks gathered at the Library of Virginia to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ...

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UIM carrier escapes summary judgment (access required)

An inadvertent notation on bankruptcy petitions may have tripped up a car-crash defendant, but the victim’s underinsured motorist carrier is not bound by the resulting summary judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled. The Nov. 1 decision in Transportation Insur. Co. ...

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Doctor wins retrial in HIPAA violation claim (access required)

A doctor can retry his claim that a drug treatment center violated his privacy rights by sharing his discharge summary with a prospective employer. The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed judgment for the center because the jury was unfairly prejudiced ...

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Ex-wife’s convictions upheld for boat and trailer (access required)

An ex-wife who, after her husband’s death, tried to take title to a boat and a trailer awarded to her husband during a divorce, has failed to overturn her conviction for grand larceny. In 2011, the Virginia Court of Appeals ...

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