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 »
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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 The court has agreed to start posting its unpublished orders on its website, the court’s clerk said Friday.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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The Supreme Court of Virginia has closed the final door to recovery for families of two victims of the Virginia Tech shootings who sued the state rather than accept $100,000 settlements. The court Tuesday denied the families’ petitions for rehearing ...Read More »
Reversing an earlier decision to bar access to recordings of oral arguments, the Supreme Court of Virginia has begun posting the recordings on its website. The court announced Jan. 10 that audio recordings will be posted at the end of ...Read More »
An effort to recover more than the maximum allowed under Virginia law in a birth injury case has been turned aside by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court decided that injuries to Marissa Simpson, now 12, caused by a ...Read More »
A Norfolk newspaper does not owe damages to a Chesapeake school principal for an article that, according to the principal, insinuated he arranged for his son to get special treatment. The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the ruling of a ...Read More »