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Suit to block battlefield Walmart may go forward

Orange County Circuit Judge Daniel Bouton has refused to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking a Walmart-based shopping center near a historic Civil War battlefield. In the 10-page opinion, available here, Bouton finds local citizens have standing to challenge the ...

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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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Church, county can develop housing (access required)

While Episcopalians squared off last week over whether judges can decide church property disputes, an Alexandria federal judge turned aside a First Amendment challenge to a government-backed project for affordable housing units that will share a 10-story building with a ...

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Supreme Court hears Episcopal church case arguments (access required)

An attorney for the national Episcopal Church and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia told the Supreme Court of Virginia today that the award of the property of nine breakaway congregations to those congregations violates the First Amendment of the U.S. ...

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Documentation for public road at issue in access to property – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiffs, a group of landowners, sought a declaratory judgment granting access to the landlocked property along the route of an alleged ancient public road over Short Hill Mountain outside of Leesburg. Had the plaintiffs been successful, a public road ...

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War of words breaks out at Kingsmill

A William & Mary law professor used legal “mumbo jumbo” to undermine the authority of the Kingsmill Community Services Association, accused the group’s lawyer in a letter delivered by police . The professor fires back, saying the tactic is a ...

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New legal niche fermenting at W&L

We hate to miss obvious opportunities for expert commentary, especially when they’re right under our nose. We wrote last year about legal battles over the burgeoning wine industry in what used to be known as Northern Virginia’s “horse country.” Who ...

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County to appeal rail project decision

The Supreme Court of Virginia may get a say on whether the Virginia Constitution allows the use of public money for a Norfolk Southern rail project planned for Montgomery County. The county supervisors, who oppose the proposed freight yard, are ...

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