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Reporter of decisions victorious in his own case (access required)

University of Virginia law Prof. Kent Sinclair has been the Virginia Supreme Court’s official reporter of decisions for nearly three decades, but he gets no acknowledgement of that title in the court’s official ruling in his battle against a cell ...

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Workers’ comp bar reversed for widow’s suit (access required)

The widow of a construction worker who died after a work-related accident gets another chance to sue for negligence after the Supreme Court of Virginia reversed a trial court decision applying the workers’ comp bar. Cecilia Rodriguez filed a wrongful ...

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Writ granted on lawyer’s testimony against client (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted review in the case of Mario Turner, the defendant convicted with his former defense lawyer’s testimony. Turner’s case surprised some criminal defense lawyers last July, when the Virginia Court of Appeals approved the ...

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Foreclosure procedure upheld, murder sentence reversed (access required)

It’s easy to lose track of the myriad ways Virginia federal and state courts have rejected homeowner challenges to foreclosures over the past year. A defaulting homeowner’s claim arising from a $1.7 million note on a home in Clifton went ...

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‘Access’ form for tree removal was not written contract (access required)

A property owner who signed an “Asset and Authorization Card” to allow a contractor to remove storm-damaged trees was not bound by a written contract, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. In a Dec. 9 unpublished order in Hall & ...

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Med mal plaintiff is out of court for discovery lapses (access required)

The Supreme Court offers no remedy for a patient whose lawsuit against a Richmond hospital was dismissed because her out-of-state lawyer was derelict in expert disclosures. The high court ruled Richmond Circuit Judge Walter Stout was within his discretion to ...

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Court approves state support of rail project (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia says the state Constitution does not forbid the use of state money to build a rail-to-truck cargo transfer facility in Montgomery County. By helping to move traffic from highways to the rails,  the state is ...

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Med mal, construction injury cases decided by order (access required)

With all the seats on the Supreme Court of Virginia filled, the high court is back to hearing five days of oral arguments this week for its November session. It lightened its load a little last week, disposing of three ...

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Court to hear lawyer defamation claim (access required)

A lawyer who said he was defamed by allegations in a draft legal complaint will get a hearing from the Supreme Court of Virginia. Fairfax lawyer James M. Mansfield sued a Washington DC law firm and its client, saying he ...

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Proposal to limit access for pro se efilers (access required)

Pro se parties would not have remote access to court records in an electronically filed case under rule changes proposed by the Advisory Committee on Rules of Court of the Judicial Council of Virginia. Access still would be available, for ...

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