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Homeowner wins reversal of contract damages (access required)

A man whose house needed repair for fire damage was not bound by an agreement he signed two days after the fire when representatives from the insurance company and the contractor showed up to assess the damage. The agreement Michael ...

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Liquidated damages for sub reversed (access required)

A federal contractor was not entitled to liquidated damages from a subcontractor it hired for grounds maintenance, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Oct. 22. The contractor, Baistar Mechanical Inc., was hired by the federal government to care for ...

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‘Kingsmill divided’ case sent back to trial court (access required)

A dispute between a dissident homeowners’ group called “Kingsmill United” and the Kingsmill Community Services Association is headed back to court. On Dec. 10, the Supreme Court of Virginia reversed dismissal of a suit filed by KCSA to deal with ...

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Drug dog alert supported search (access required)

Prosecutors proved that police dog Falco Two was reliable in alerting to drugs in a case decided Dec. 10 by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The dog’s handler detailed the dog’s training and experience, and the K-9 officer had the ...

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Judge reviews released in 2015 JPE reports (access required)

Twenty-five Virginia trial judges have received their report cards. The Virginia General Assembly has released the 2015 Judicial Performance Evaluation Reports, delivered by the Supreme Court of Virginia on Dec. 1, pursuant to statute. Reports were prepared for 25 judges ...

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Counting car-lengths for contrib (access required)

A round of finger-pointing after a rush-hour car crash should be sorted out by a jury, the Supreme Court of Virginia said in a Dec. 3 ruling on contributory negligence. The middle car in the three-car pileup was squeezed from ...

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Writ granted on ‘reasonable’ notice of firing (access required)

A woman who says her summary dismissal violated Virginia law will take her case to the Supreme Court of Virginia, giving the court a chance to review a circuit court split on the issue of “reasonable” notice of termination for ...

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Court to consider same-sex ‘cohabitation’ (access required)

A husband who wanted to cut off support to an ex-wife who was living with and engaged to another woman will argue his case in the Supreme Court of Virginia next year. On Nov. 3, the court agreed to hear ...

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Court reviews ‘fingerprint’ case law (access required)

A defendant’s challenge to his conviction of laptop theft based on a fingerprint found inside the victim’s car gave the Supreme Court a chance to review case law on how far a fingerprint can go toward a conviction. Pretty far, ...

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