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Yelp fights disclosure of online poster identity (access required)

A carpet cleaning business has asked the Supreme Court of Virginia to uphold an order requiring the consumer-review website Yelp.com to identify anonymous posters of bad reviews. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, which operates in Northern Virginia, sued the “John Doe” posters ...

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Court revives debtor’s personal injury claim (access required)

A debtor did not forfeit her personal injury action when she converted her Chapter 13 bankruptcy case to a Chapter 7 case, the Supreme Court of Virginia said, reversing a trial court decision holding the debtor lacked standing to pursue ...

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Sending cellphone photo to self is porn ‘distribution’ (access required)

Emailing sexually explicit photos of a minor to yourself is distribution of child pornography, the Supreme Court of Virginia said in an unpublished order released Oct. 17. The court affirmed Donald R. Hausen’s conviction on two counts of distribution under ...

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Fired pastor can sue in state court (access required)

A pastor who lost his job can sue the church officials who fired him, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Oct. 10. The pastor’s lawsuit does not require a Virginia trial court to inquire “into the faith or doctrine ...

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High court revives legal malpractice suit (access required)

A trial court erred when it dismissed a legal malpractice action against a bankruptcy lawyer after reviewing the record of the bankruptcy case, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Oct. 3. The high court reinstated the malpractice claim, which a ...

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Litigant deserved higher legal fees (access required)

A litigant was shorted on his legal fees, prompting a reversal by the Supreme Court of Virginia. The high court said John Richard Harvey’s legal bill of $39,480.46 in fees and costs for his successful petition to have a conservator ...

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Tort claim barred in police recruit’s death (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has closed the door to tort damages for the family of a Norfolk police recruit who died from head trauma inflicted during police training. The justices Friday affirmed the ruling of Norfolk Circuit Judge Mary ...

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Dad denied name change for daughter (access required)

Choosing a child’s surname can be tricky, with the waning of the patronymic tradition and with parents marrying, remarrying or never marrying. Gender politics aside, there are practical considerations for having an identifiable link between parent and child. Stacy McMahon cited ...

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No high court review of metadata discovery claim (access required)

A hospital’s lawyers kept the lid on an appeal that threatened to raise sticky issues involving discovery of medical record metadata. An estate sued Mary Washington Hospital claiming malpractice in treating a man who arrived at the hospital complaining of shortness ...

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Court questions school tardiness convictions (access required)

A Loudoun County mother convicted of misdemeanors for her children’s school tardiness took her case to the Supreme Court of Virginia on Sept. 9. Last November, the Court of Appeals affirmed Maureen Blake’s conviction on three counts of failing to ...

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