Finding that a company accident report was improperly admitted into evidence, the Supreme Court of Virginia has cleared the way for a new trial in the case of two men who perished aboard a single-engine plane when it crashed into ...Read More »
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Concluding that a dump truck driver’s own negligence contributed to his death in a rail crossing accident, the Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed a $2.5 million jury verdict for the driver’s family. Driver Charles E. Settle Sr. died in ...Read More »
Lawyers looking for a landmark ruling on discovery of hospital policies and medical record metadata may be disappointed, judging from Supreme Court arguments on June 5. The court granted a writ in Temple, Adm’r v. Mary Washington Hospital, an estate’s appeal ...Read More »
A child who was sexually assaulted by an older boy at a summer youth program will get another chance to make a case against a supervisor blamed for allowing the assault to occur. Greene County Circuit Judge Daniel R. Bouton ...Read More »
A motorcyclist who hit an SUV turning across his lane of travel gets another chance to win damages, after a Virginia Supreme Court majority took issue with a jury instruction on contributory negligence. It takes just a little more than a “scintilla” ...Read More »
Citing Padilla v. Kentucky, the Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed habeas relief from a drug paraphernalia conviction that led to the petitioner’s detention by immigration officials after he served his state sentence. Marlon Borja Barrera initially was charged with marijuana ...Read More »
A seemingly minor procedural change for trial courts setting pretrial schedules in civil cases brought expressions of dissent from two justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia. The rule change approved by the court Friday allows judges to enter the ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia will allow easier access to some of its less prominent decisions. The court has agreed to start posting its unpublished orders on its website, the court’s clerk said Friday. Clerk Patricia L. Harrington said she ...Read More »
A woman who grabbed her estranged husband’s cell phone after he called 911 and later left phone messages replete with cursing, name-calling and a warning that people would get what was coming to them, can be convicted of making telephone threats, ...
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A Fairfax Circuit Court should have granted a Hong Kong-based businessman’s motion to dismiss a defamation suit under a statute that allows dismissal of suits brought by non-residents of Virginia. A split Supreme Court of Virginia said in Hotung v. ...
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