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Stepchild loses out under ‘mirror-image’ wills (access required)

“Mirror-image” language in reciprocal wills is not enough to keep a surviving spouse from diverting a stepchild’s inheritance, under a new decision released today by the Supreme Court of Virginia. When Arvid and Lucy Keith married in 1972, each had ...

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School principal faces gross negligence claim (access required)

An assistant principal hit with a $1.25 million negligence award after he failed to act on a warning about a fight at his high school now faces a new trial on a claim of gross negligence. In 2010, a Gloucester ...

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Real estate contract did not bind ‘buyer’s agent’ (access required)

A real estate buyer who faced a seller’s suit for damages when he failed to close on the deal cannot sue the agent on the contract on a third-party claim alleging she also represented the buyer. Richard E. Peterson Jr. ...

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Missing manhole cover ‘open and obvious’ (access required)

A woman who fell into an open manhole while walking her dog cannot sue the contractor whose employee was on his way to her house to warn her about the manhole. The Supreme Court of Virginia agreed on March 30 ...

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Search after home invasion OK (access required)

A man who shot back at armed invaders could not suppress drugs found in his home when police executed a search warrant for firearms and ammunition related to the shoot-out. Armed men invaded the apartment Derrick Wilson shared with a ...

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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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Contractor suit goes back for business conspiracy damages (access required)

A fight over a contractor’s right to excavate on Montgomery County property is coming back from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court revived the contractor’s summary judgment win on claims for business conspiracy and malicious prosecution, and sent ...

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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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High court says no to ‘human factors’ expert (access required)

A customer who sued Best Buy after he tripped over the base of a shopping cart has lost his appeal in the Supreme Court of Virginia. Charles Stanley Hawvermale, age 79 at the time of the alleged injury, wanted a ...

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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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