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MARTIN v. HOWARD

A trial court's order of exhumation rendered pursuant to Code § 32.1-286(C) in order to facilitate DNA testing by a woman claiming to be the daughter of the decedent was not in error. The General Assembly expressly provided that the need of a qualified illegitimate child to prove parentage for the purpose of inheritance is sufficient cause for exhumation. The order is affirmed and the case is remanded to the trial court for further proceedings.

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WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY v. PETA

In protracted civil litigation, the trial court did not abuse its discretion in imposing monetary sanctions against six attorneys and their law firms under Code § 8.01-271.1 for filing unfounded motions to vacate a rule to show cause and seeking recusal of the trial judge. Nor was there error in revoking the pro hac vice admission of one of those attorneys. The trial court's judgment is affirmed.

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APAC-ATLANTIC, INC. v. GENERAL INSURANCE CO.

Under the Virginia Public Procurement Act, actions on payment bonds relating to general construction projects under contracts awarded by the Virginia Department of Transportation must be brought within the one-year limitations period contained in Code § 2.2-4341(C). Accordingly, where a plaintiff subcontractor finished work on certain roadway improvement projects more than one year before filing the present litigation, the circuit court did not err in granting the defendant surety company's motion for summary judgment and entering judgment in its favor. The judgment of the circuit court is affirmed.

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TELEGUZ v. COMMONWEALTH

In an appeal from defendant's conviction for capital murder for hire, and imposition of the death sentence, after review of numerous assignments of error and completion of the statutorily-mandated review of the imposition of the death penalty, no error is found, and no grounds for setting aside or commuting the sentence of death. The judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

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CONLEY v. COMMONWEALTH

In an appeal arising from a prosecution for abduction with intent to defile and forcible sodomy, the Court of Appeals correctly held that the trial court did not err in allowing a licensed clinical social worker to testify as an expert witness regarding her diagnosis that the crime victim suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.

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BUDD v. PUNYANITYA

In a medical malpractice case, the trial court correctly applied Code § 8.01-401.1 to bar a party from introducing certain statements contained in published medical literature because the statements had not been provided to the opposing party 30 days prior to trial. The judgment is affirmed.

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YOUNG v. COMMONWEALTH

The Court of Appeals erred in remanding a robbery case for a new sentencing proceeding under Code § 19.2-295.1 ? rather than ordering a new trial on all issues ? where the reversible error lay in the erroneous admission of evidence of other crimes during the guilt phase of a defendant?s trial. The judgment is reversed, and the case is remanded to the Court of Appeals for further remand to the circuit court for a new trial on the robbery indictment, if the Commonwealth be so advised.

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SELECT MANAGEMENT RESOURCES v. THE RUNNYMEDE CORP.

Under a commercial lease in which the tenant covenanted not to make any alterations or improvements without prior written permission of the landlord, painting the exterior of the leased structure with a color scheme that will cost over $18,000 to return to pre-lease condition at the end of the tenancy constituted an alteration requiring the landlord's prior permission. The judgment of the trial court denying the tenant's request for an injunction is affirmed.

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PHILIP MORRIS v. THE CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION

Code § 62.1-44.29 provides for representational standing, by an appropriate entity, to seek judicial review of a case decision by the State Water Control Board, as well as for individual standing. In the present case the petition by a foundation dedicated to preservation of the Chesapeake Bay adequately establishes, for purposes of surviving demurrers filed by a manufacturer and the Commonwealth, its representational and individual standing to seek judicial review of the Board?s decision to renew a wastewater discharge permit for the manufacturer's facility. The judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.

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PHILLIPS v. MAZYCK

The circuit court erred in sustaining a plea in bar and ordering the parties to arbitrate a plaintiff?s personal injury claim because the record failed to establish that the parties mutually assented to the terms of a purported arbitration agreement. The judgment is reversed and the case is remanded for a trial on the merits.

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LARA v. COMMONWEALTH

As appellant failed to adequately preserve his arguments in the trial court, appellant?s convictions for criminal gang participation and malicious wounding are affirmed

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CALVIN JOJUAN BELL v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in permitting a forensic scientist to refer to the certificate of analysis during his testimony to refresh his recollection, in admitting the certificate of analysis into evidence, or in allowing the forensic scientist to testify as an expert regarding his analysis; judgment of the trial court affirmed

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BELL v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in permitting a forensic scientist to refer to the certificate of analysis during his testimony to refresh his recollection, in admitting the certificate of analysis into evidence, or in allowing the forensic scientist to testify as an expert regarding his analysis; judgment of the trial court affirmed

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BENNETT v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in determining that a judge was competent to testify as to the matter he observed; evidence was sufficient to support appellant?s conviction of disorderly conduct

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HENLEY v. MCGIRT

Judgment of the trial court is affirmed as the trial court never heard the parties on the questions presented on appeal, and appellant failed to rebut the presumptive verity of the trial court?s order

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CHARLES BENNETT v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in determining that a judge was competent to testify as to the matter he observed; evidence was sufficient to support appellant?s conviction of disorderly conduct

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MILLER-JENKINS v. MILLER-JENKINS

Trial court erred in ruling that a Vermont order concerning child custody and visitation between the parties could not be registered in Virginia; trial court?s March 1, 2006 order is vacated and the case is remanded to the trial court with instruction to enter an order allowing appellant to register the Vermont order in Virginia

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CHRISTINE HENLEY v. GERMAINE MCGIRT

Judgment of the trial court is affirmed as the trial court never heard the parties on the questions presented on appeal, and appellant failed to rebut the presumptive verity of the trial court?s order

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TAYLOR v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in finding the evidence sufficient to convict appellant of distribution of cocaine; appellant?s conviction is affirmed

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JANET MILLER-JENKINS v. LISA MILLER-JENKINS

Trial court erred in ruling that a Vermont order concerning child custody and visitation between the parties could not be registered in Virginia; trial court?s March 1, 2006 order is vacated and the case is remanded to the trial court with instruction to enter an order allowing appellant to register the Vermont order in Virginia

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BLANTON v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in refusing to grant appellant?s proposed jury Instructions 13, 14, and 15 on circumstantial evidence; trial court did err in denying appellant?s Batson motion based on gender with regard to the Commonwealth?s five peremptory strikes; judgment is affirmed, in part, reversed, in part, and case remanded

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LPT INC v. VOLTAGGIO

Commission did not err in determining that claimant?s efforts were legally sufficient to constitute a cure of his unjustified refusal of selective employment; decision of the commission is affirmed

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DONNA BLANTON v. COMMONWEALTH

Trial court did not err in refusing to grant appellant?s proposed jury Instructions 13, 14, and 15 on circumstantial evidence; trial court did err in denying appellant?s Batson motion based on gender with regard to the Commonwealth?s five peremptory strikes; judgment is affirmed, in part, reversed, in part, and case remanded

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COLLEGIATE FUNDING SERVICES v. CONWAY

Commission did not err in awarding benefits to appellee as there was credible evidence to support the commission?s finding that appellee?s disability was causally related to her compensable accident

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COMMONWEALTH v. BLEVINS

As appellee does not have standing to challenge the search of the vehicle, trial court?s judgment granting the motion to suppress is reversed and the case is remanded to the trial court

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COMMONWEALTH v. WANDA ALICE BLEVINS

As appellee does not have standing to challenge the search of the vehicle, trial court?s judgment granting the motion to suppress is reversed and the case is remanded to the trial court

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HARPER v. COMMONWEALTH

Appellant?s convictions of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of heroin with intent to distribute are affirmed as the evidence suffices to demonstrate appellant possessed the drugs with the intent to distribute

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