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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Foreclosure (access required)

A husband and wife who lost the marital home to foreclosure in February 2010 and who appear to have abandoned a time-share in a Florida condominium have no real estate assets for division in equitable distribution, but the Roanoke County ...

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Unemployment Comp – Medical Receptionist – Insubordination – Patient Departures (access required)

A medical receptionist whose insubordination and discourteous conduct caused at least three patients of the medical practice to take their business elsewhere is not entitled to unemployment compensation because he was discharged due to misconduct, in this Roanoke County Circuit ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Carpet-Cleaning Business (access required)

A couple had a long history of working long hours to build up their carpet-cleaning business without ever maintaining separate business and personal accounts, and a Salem Circuit Court divides their marital property, with an additional monetary award to compensate ...

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Domestic Relations – Equitable Distribution – Wife’s School Loans – Marital Debt (access required)

A couple decided wife would become qualified as a teacher to provide stable employment and a retirement benefit for the well-being of the family, and a Roanoke County Circuit Court says over $9,000 of wife’s $12,000 in school loans is ...

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Domestic Relations – Spousal Support – Marital Debt (access required)

A Roanoke County Circuit Court says a couple divorcing after 17 years of marriage, with no children but extensive debt, will divide the debt remaining after they sold the marital home at a loss, and wife, who earns $44,500 per ...

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Employment Public – Sheriff Contest – Deputy’s Dismissal (access required)

A deputy who alleges he was terminated after he ran unsuccessfully against the incumbent sheriff cannot grieve that termination decision, and the Roanoke City Circuit Court upholds the city manager’s decision that the alleged termination was not grievable. Petitioner’s appointment ...

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Municipal – Playground Equipment – Warranty Claims (access required)

A Salem Circuit Court grants the city’s demurrer to plaintiff’s negligence and warranty claims based on plaintiff’s allegations of injury from the city’s purchase and installation of defective playground equipment in a public city park. The city demurrer claims immunity ...

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Traffic Offenses – Eluding Officer – Double Jeopardy – Continuing Offense (access required)

A defendant who sped through Roanoke County and Salem City to get away from police cannot be charged in both jurisdictions with felony eluding police; because he was acquitted of the charge in Roanoke County, the charge in Salem likewise ...

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Insurance coverage keys settlement in death case – $2,662,654 Settlement (access required)

On Dec. 4, 2005, plaintiff’s decedent, a 73-year-old retired woman, was a passenger in a Chevrolet automobile hauling a camper headed northbound on Interstate 81 near Roanoke, en route to New York. A Freightliner tractor, operated by the defendant and ...

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Domestic Relations – Reconciliation – Parties’ Intent (access required)

Although husband acknowledged he had “accidental sex” with wife after the parties separated in May 2007 and entered into a post-nuptial agreement, a Salem Circuit Court says the parties did not reconcile because the evidence does not show an intent ...

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