A man with a history of mental illness who was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the murder of his mother is a “slayer” under Va. Code § 55-401 and is barred from recovering from her estate; the ...Read More »
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In this litigation to enforce multiple mechanic’s liens filed by the general contractor and subs on a $17 million church construction project, the Supreme Court of Virginia upholds the trial court’s decision on the enforceability of the liens, but reverses ...Read More »
A change of heart by a single justice has brought an end to a short-lived “relaxed” standard for failure-to-warn claims under Virginia products liability law. After rehearing a products liability case, Virginia Supreme Court Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. switched ...
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A chief deputy commonwealth’s attorney had standing to petition for mandamus to require a general district court judge to sentence a defendant who pleaded guilty to DUI within 21 days after its order, but the circuit court did not err ...Read More »
The Supreme Court of Virginia upholds a $5.3 million jury award to the former CEO of a technology firm on his claims for breach of contract and unjust enrichment after he was moved aside when a major shareholder sought greater ...Read More »
Imagine walking around in another person’s skin, in order to understand him. Atticus Finch gave that advice to his daughter Scout, and it may have been on the minds of Virginia’s Supreme Court justices when they heard a trio of ...Read More »
Call it a finger on the scale of justice. The law sometimes gives an advantage to one side in a lawsuit, allowing a legal “presumption” about some key fact in the case. Presumptions can be overcome, but how much weight ...
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The Supreme Court of Virginia has opened the door to claims against individual supervisors who take part in the unlawful firing of an employee. The Nov. 1 decision in VanBuren v. Grubb (VLW 012-6-143), decided 4-3, is a victory for ...
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A defendant was not entitled to credit toward his Virginia sentence for the period he was detained in a Virginia jail awaiting trial, as a West Virginia prisoner receiving credit toward his West Virginia sentence, the Virginia Supreme Court holds. ...Read More »
A judge did not violate Virginia judicial canons by appearing in a courtroom to support a close personal friend in a legal proceeding or by texting a court employee during evening hours to obtain a personal phone number, which purportedly ...Read More »