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Liability policy not ‘ambiguous” (access required)

A vehicle’s driver was a person “responsible for use” of the vehicle under an auto liability policy, and the carrier could not contest coverage on that point, the Supreme Court of Virginia said. The provision at issue said an “Insured ...

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Writ denied in contract for inheritance (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has refused to hear an appeal in a case where a daughter overturned her father’s will and stands to inherit nearly $2 million under a 15-year-old contract between her parents for her benefit. A Hanover ...

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Former judge fails to avoid defamation judgment (access required)

Former Newport News Circuit Judge Verbena Askew struck out at the Supreme Court with a two-pronged effort to undo a $350,000 defamation judgment against her. Askew was found liable for telling newspaper reporters a former court staffer had been “institutionalized.” ...

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Wins for both sides in med-mal cases (access required)

A man whose wife died after outpatient plastic surgery can keep his $1.95 million jury award in a Virginia Beach medical malpractice case tried in 2010. Thirty-three hours after the surgery on her breasts and abdomen, the 36-year-old mother of ...

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Supreme Court to consider GPS tracking (access required)

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that secret GPS tracking by police is a search that likely requires a warrant, the Virginia Supreme Court will consider the case of a Northern Virginia assault suspect who was caught ...

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High court reinstates ‘horseplay’ jury award (access required)

A construction worker injured during workplace “horseplay” was entitled to keep his $75,000 award against the construction company, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today. Donald Samuel filed his negligence action against C.W. Wright Construction Company in 2007 after the ...

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