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Tag Archives: Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr.

Real Estate – Church Property – Breakaway Episcopal Congregations (access required)

Plaintiff Episcopal parishes in Northern Virginia, part of the Diocese of Virginia, that have voted to separate from the Episcopal Church, do not qualify for relief under Va. Code § 57-9(A), and may not petition the circuit court to affirm ...

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Human corpse needed to make plot a ‘cemetery,’ court says (access required)

When is a cemetery not a cemetery? When no human corpse is buried there, the Supreme Court of Virginia says. Kathryn Shilling saw sacred ground when she looked at a hilltop plot in Rockingham County where she buried her mother’s ...

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Zoning – Building Height – Uniformity Requirement (access required)

A developer loses his challenge to a Falls Church zoning ordinance that establishes different building height regulations on one-family dwellings in the same zoning district; the ordinance does not violate Va. Code § 15.2-2282, and the Supreme Court of Virginia ...

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Administrative – Franchise Act – VW Passats & Beetles – Commerce Clause (access required)

As in its earlier decision in this dispute between Volkswagen of America and a local dealer over its supply of the most desirable vehicles from the dealer, the Supreme Court of Virginia concludes is not necessary to consider Volkswagen’s facial ...

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Criminal – Appeal Notice – Local Ordinance – Naming Locality (access required)

The Court of Appeals had jurisdiction over defendant’s appeal of his conviction under a local ordinance for providing false identity information to police, even though defendant did not name the locality as a party to the appeal in his notice ...

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Traffic Offenses – DUI – Appeal Notice – Local Ordinance – Locality (access required)

A DUI defendant convicted under a local Virginia Beach ordinance had to name the locality, as an indispensable party, in his notice of appeal of the conviction, and the Supreme Court affirms dismissal of the appeal. The similarity of the ...

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