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Res Judicata Bars Suit Against Law Firm (access required)

After another circuit court sustained pleas in bar filed by defendants in this lawsuit, preventing three claims relating to defendant’s representation of plaintiffs of a decedent’s estate from going forward, the Richmond Circuit Court says the current suit is barred ...

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No Default Cure From Extra Payments (access required)

Plaintiff lender is entitled to a deficiency judgment after foreclosure on real estate that secured a commercial loan, and the Richmond Circuit Court rejects defendant guarantors’ contention that their additional payments after default cured the default, which is not the ...

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No expert fees when a nonsuit is taken at trial (access required)

When a plaintiff takes a nonsuit during trial, the defendant is not entitled to fees and costs for its expert witnesses, according to a Richmond Circuit judge. The nonsuit statute, Virginia Code § 8.01-380(C), permits the assessment of expert witness ...

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Venue Requires ‘Substantial’ Business (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court grants defendant’s motion to change venue in this case, as the controlling venue statute now prescribes “substantial” business activity in order to sustain venue, which is not demonstrated here. Evan’s Adm’r v. Haddad v. St. Mary’s ...

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