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Caveat emptor lives (access required)

A Virginia Beach circuit judge ordered rescission of a contract to purchase a home after concluding that the seller had painted over mold to divert the buyers from making the inquiries a prudent person ought to make. The judge ordered ...

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Twitter notice for writ panels (access required)

You won’t find those Facebook and Twitter symbols on the Supreme Court of Virginia’s homepage that could be used to remind you of such events as the court’s writ panel sessions. Because the dockets are in flux until the last ...

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Writs granted in family disputes (access required)

A couple of family disputes are among the cases the Supreme Court of Virginia agreed to hear after its latest writ panel session. One, Russell Realty Associates v. C. Edward Russell Jr., Record No. 110380, might be in the category ...

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Supreme Court grants writ in verdict against ex-judge (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear a former Newport News circuit judge’s appeal of a $456,000 jury award in a defamation and contract case filed by her former colleague at the city’s drug court. Brenda Collins worked ...

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Court upholds suspension of lawyer’s license (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld yesterday the 60-day suspension of a Virginia Beach lawyer for a lack of diligence in attending to the affairs of an incarcerated client. A three-judge panel imposed the suspension on Charles L. Pincus III ...

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A 3-2 decision? (access required)

Only five justices will hear many, if not most, of the cases during this week’s arguments before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The decision to hear the cases without the addition of one or two senior justices appears to be ...

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Court rules in wrongful attachment case (access required)

An Augusta County judge properly calculated the measure of damages to construction materials for horse stalls that had been wrongly attached for eight years, the Supreme Court of Virginia said today in an unpublished order. Kenneth D. Pittkin posted a ...

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ABC ban on college ads for booze goes to Supreme Court (access required)

A federal magistrate judge in Richmond wants some help from the Supreme Court of Virginia in deciding the constitutionality of the state’s ban on advertising for alcoholic beverages in campus newspapers. The issue has been kicking around for five years, ...

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Confrontation Clause violation is harmless error (access required)

An admitted violation of a defendant’s right to confront the author of a ballistics certificate was harmless error, largely because the jury never saw the document, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled today in an unpublished order. The report tied ...

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Court grants med mal, business conspiracy writs (access required)

A $1.95 million verdict for the family of a woman who died after undergoing plastic surgery and a $14.1 million judgment based in part on the Virginia Business Conspiracy Act are among the cases for which the Supreme Court of ...

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