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Vet sanction upheld for dog surgery (access required)

A Virginia veterinarian can be sanctioned for a single instance of improper treatment, the Supreme Court of Virginia said in an unpublished order released on Oct. 8. Dr. Lori Leonard faced a reprimand and fine after she admitted to performing ...

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Coverage action not subject to nonsuit tolling (access required)

A plaintiff who thought she had the right to a courthouse do-over after taking a nonsuit in a suit over insurance coverage was left empty handed when the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled against her this month. The case confirms ...

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Court applies broad ‘use’ test for coverage (access required)

A paving company truck driver was “using” both the company dump truck he had stepped out of and a pickup truck parked as a safety barrier some 200 feet away when he was crushed between vehicles as two drunken drivers plowed ...

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Judge, not jury, decides ‘bad faith’ (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has closed the door for any claimant who hoped to take an insurance bad faith case to a jury. The court says a bad faith claim under the Virginia statute is a matter for a ...

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Court in session with newest justice (access required)

The newest justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia took the customary outer seat as a junior justice when the justices filed in Sept. 14 for the opening day of the September court session. With the governor who appointed her ...

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Contract did not convey life estate (access required)

Two generations of a family thought they could live together, but they wound up in court when the older couple said the younger couple was restricting their access to the shared property. A contract signed by Robert and Vickie Beeman ...

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Fired felon appeals Fairfax school board case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear a special education teacher’s challenge to her 2014 dismissal by the Fairfax County school system for a felony conviction that she disclosed prior to her hire in 2006. In 1992, Deilia ...

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Court reverses, says petition was timely (access required)

A mother whose appeal of an injunction was dismissed as untimely won another chance to raise her custody issues in a published order released by the Supreme Court of Virginia on June 26. On Dec. 29, 2014, a Fairfax Circuit ...

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Vet sanction, severance pay, plea advice in new appeals (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia continues to stoke its docket, adding 13 more appeals to its argument calendar in recent weeks. In June, the high court granted writs in cases involving a golden parachute payment to a CEO, an administrative ...

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Legal malpractice claim founders on damages (access required)

A nurse who claimed she spent six months locked up because of her attorney’s negligence has lost her bid to recover damages from that lawyer. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that Judy Desetti failed to adequately plead that her ...

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