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Cat caretaker wins nursing-home contract case (access required)

A nursing home that tried to collect on a resident’s bill has lost its appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia. In INOVA Health Systems Servs. Inc. v. Bainbridge, the facility pursued Susan Bainbridge, who held a power of attorney ...

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Suspension upheld for tippling on trip to France (access required)

A high-school student’s suspension for drinking alcohol on a school trip to France will stand, as the Supreme Court of Virginia today reversed a Loudoun County Circuit Court’s decision that overturned the suspension. In April 2009, Eileen M. Tagg-Murdock’s daughter ...

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Sleep-driving defense fails at high court (access required)

A Loudoun County motorist who claimed he was sleep-driving after taking Ambien has lost his DWI appeal in the Supreme Court of Virginia. In an unpublished order, the high court rejected Joshua K. Shortt’s appeal of his conviction for driving ...

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A twice-told tale: Sentences suspended, revoked, reimposed (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia today rejected appeals by two defendants who couldn’t stay out of trouble after initially getting a break with a suspended sentence. In each case, what the trial judge didn’t know in an earlier hearing later ...

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Make it match: Petition vs. opening brief (access required)

Here’s a brief reminder on brief-writing, brought to you by the Supreme Court of Virginia. When you draft your opening brief, make sure you stay true to the wording of the assignments of error that won you the appeal. In ...

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Court to review ruling on Dead Man’s Statute (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will review a Roanoke trial judge’s ruling that a physician’s medical notes provided corroboration for the physician’s testimony that he advised a patient to see an endocrinologist because he suspected the patient had Cushing’s syndrome. ...

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Court could define ‘good cause’ in new appellate rule (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia will have the opportunity to define just what constitutes “good cause” to excuse missing the deadline for filing a transcript. The court recently granted writs for two criminal defendants who had their appeals dismissed in ...

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Court grants writ on bid to increase ad damnum (access required)

A woman who won a $3.1-million slip-and-fall verdict against a Richmond hotel only to see it capped at $500,000 will get to ask for the full award from the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court has granted a writ in ...

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High court says no to shutting down state government (access required)

Some motions don’t require a lot of legal analysis. On July 12, while his conviction for having what appeared to be a weapon of terrorism was on appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia, Mark Ryland Dowdy filed a pro ...

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Court sets aside earlier order on laches (access required)

Never mind, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today in holding that it reversed a Smyth County circuit judge on a point that it shouldn’t have considered in the first place. The issue arose from a claim that an accountant ...

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