Sealing exhibits from a court file of a woman’s prosecution for the felony child neglect and second-degree murder of her two children violated constitutional and statutory provisions establishing a presumption of open court records, and the Supreme Court of Virginia ...Read More »
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A lawyer who took a telephone call from a distraught adversary did not violate the bar’s ethics rules when she did not immediately hang up, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The court’s decision clears the record for Heather ...Read More »
A man who fathered a child with his girlfriend through in vitro fertilization can assert his parental rights, despite a Virginia statute that declares that a sperm “donor” can only be recognized as the father of a child born through ...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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The Supreme Court of Virginia upholds the capital murder conviction and two death sentences for Mark Lawlor, a former leasing agent for an apartment complex who used a master key to gain access to a woman’s apartment and assaulted and ...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 »
A man who fathered a child with his girlfriend through in vitro fertilization can seek visitation denied by the mother, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Jan. 10. Although a Virginia statute declares that a sperm “donor” can only ...Read More »
Lawyer-blogger Horace Hunter faced the Supreme Court of Virginia Jan. 8 in the appeal of his disciplinary case, and he said anything he wrote about his clients’ cases is absolutely protected by the First Amendment. First Amendment scholar Rodney Smolla ...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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