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Court Orders Constructive Trust for Stepsons (access required)

In two adult sons’ suit against their stepmother as third-party beneficiaries of their parents’ post-nuptial agreement, a Roanoke County Circuit Court says the sons are entitled to only 50 percent of their father’s life insurance proceeds, and the court imposes ...

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No Conspiracy Claim for Injury to Non-Business Property (access required)

Although plaintiff claims Virginia case law would allow a civil conspiracy claim for damage to her non-business personal interest in real property, a Roanoke County Circuit Court says a personal interest in property is not covered under the Virginia conspiracy ...

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Roanoke’s no cell-phone policy defended by judges (access required)

ROANOKE — Despite barrels of ink and megabytes of bandwidth devoted to the effect of new technology on attorneys and courts, the subject remains a hot topic whenever lawyers and judges get together. At a recent Roanoke bench-bar meeting, participants ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Business Valuation – Goodwill (access required)

Wife is sole owner and employee of her business as a specialized registered nurse who assists workers’ comp claimants in their return to work, and a Roanoke County Circuit Court values the business at $347,000, not the $490,000 figure offered ...

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Domestic Relations – Pet Visitation – Family Farmland Value (access required)

A couple in their 50s who have devoted a “lot of time and affection to their dog, Gracie” make an even split of their marital property, and have agreed to custody of the dog with wife and visitation for husband, ...

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Domestic Relations – Appeals – Mandate – Child Support Order (access required)

The appellate court remanded this divorce case in 2008 solely for a recalculation of child support; a Roanoke City Circuit Court says the parties were not entitled to reopen the whole divorce case, and orders unrelated to the child support ...

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Administrative – ABC Violation – Beer License – Underage Sales (access required)

A Roanoke County Circuit Court says a restaurant owner cannot overturn the suspension of his license for ABC violations that included selling two bottles of beer to a 17-year-old, with his claim that the bartender made a mistake about the ...

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Civil Procedure – Amended Complaints – Nuisance Claims (access required)

Saying “it’s difficult to conceive why a lawyer would so blatantly disregard the court’s clear order,” a Roanoke County Circuit Court dismisses a third amended complaint filed by plaintiff, which merely restates the same theories of nuisance plaintiff earlier stated ...

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Domestic Relations – Divorce – Marital Home – Purchase Option (access required)

Where the marital home is the family house wife grew up in, and she attempted to buy the home before she married husband, she shall have the first opportunity to purchase the marital home for herself, says a Salem Circuit ...

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