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Gas station resists price gouging claim

For the first time, a Virginia gas station has refused to settle a claim by the state that it overcharged customers during a hurricane emergency. The attorney general’s office today announced it has filed suit against Main Street Citgo in ...

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Virginia Tech moves to consolidate sex discrimination lawsuits

Virginia Tech says two cases alleging unequal treatment for women are so similar they should be combined for trial. According to The Roanoke Times, both suits allege that women who worked as university fundraisers were harassed or were not paid ...

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Judge kicks out state slip-and-fall claim on ‘Twiqbal’ motion

A bare bones slip-and-fall complaint filed in Amherst County Circuit Court has run afoul of stringent new federal pleading standards following removal of the case to U.S. district court. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon yesterday cited the new federal pleading ...

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Murder trial jurors air disagreements

A jury room dispute is now public following a closely watched Shenandoah County murder trial. Members of the jury recommended on Thursday that Jody Lynn Bradley serve nine years in prison for the second-degree murder of Brendon Manning Barker, a ...

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Danville clerk cleared in stalking case

A judge has dismissed the stalking charge against Danville Circuit Court Clerk Gerald Gibson. Gibson submitted an accord and satisfaction, a document indicating the accused has paid for damages and the complainant agrees that the matter can be dismissed.  The ...

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Homeowners discover driveway is not theirs

A Spotsylvania County couple is weighing their legal options after finding out the driveway they thought they owned belongs to their next-door neighbor. Maggie and Thomas Smith discovered the original surveyor’s mistake when they rehired the surveying company to mark ...

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Good news for appellants

If you’re asking the Court of Appeals to consider an issue of first impression, your appeal won’t be kicked under Rule 5A:20 for failing to cite precedent directly on point. Duh, you say. But it’s more complicated than you might ...

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