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Municipal – Historic District Ordinance – Area Designation (access required)

A circuit court did not err in turning away landowners’ requests to have their parcels removed from the Windover Heights Historic District in Fairfax County, including one owner’s constitutional challenge to the general Historic Districts Ordinance, and the Supreme Court ...

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Civil Procedure – Attorney-Client Privilege – Inadvertent Disclosure – Waiver Test (access required)

A doctor facing a med-mal suit filed by a plaintiff he treated for a work-related wrist injury cannot prevent her from introducing a letter the doctor wrote to his lawyer disclosing his potential negligence in reading key x-rays, a letter ...

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Tort – Business Tort – Conspiracy – Damages (access required)

In this litigation arising from an IT company’s efforts to expand its business by winning more government contracts and through installation of high-speed internet services for the hospitality industry, the Supreme Court of Virginia reverses punitive damage awards for business ...

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Zoning – Consolidation Application – ‘Administrative Officer’ (access required)

A zoning administrator’s interpretation of an applicable zoning ordinance was binding, pursuant to Va. Code § 15.2-2311(c), on a planning commission’s decision whether to approve a consolidation application, the Virginia Supreme Court says, and the court affirms the circuit court ...

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Criminal – Certificate Of Analysis – Chain Of Custody – Cocaine (access required)

Although the arresting officer’s testimony about the packaging of the cocaine rocks presented a slightly different picture than the description of the packaging after it came back from the crime lab, the commonwealth proved the chain of custody and the ...

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Wills & Trusts – Unitrust – Trust Split – Uniform Trust Act (access required)

Although Virginia’s 2005 adoption of the Uniform Trust Code materially changed the law, it did not allow a trial court to divide a testamentary charitable remainder unitrust over the objection of one of the two charitable beneficiaries, and the Virginia ...

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