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Author Archives: Rebecca M. Lightle

4th Circuit Haikus: First Amendment Edition (access required)

Having trouble keeping up with the 4th Circuit’s binding precedent? The Op Shop is here to help, with the court’s published opinions paraphrased to the size of a haiku poem. This edition covers recent First Amendment rulings. Forcing signage on ...

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Carrier has no lien on claimant’s third-party settlement (access required)

A workers’ compensation carrier has no lien for a negotiated lump-sum settlement of a claimant›s future benefits in a tort action against a third party. Under Noblin v. Randolf Corp., 180 Va. 345 (1942), and Slusher v. Paramount Warrior, 336 F. Supp. ...

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Carriage ride company not covered by immunity statute (access required)

The question whether the Lexington Carriage Company is protected by the limited grant of immunity in Code § 3.2-6200 et seq. may be one of first impression. Cases involving horse-drawn carriages are few in number. Many other states have equine ...

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Implied agreement replaced family support obligations (access required)

Despite a support order entered in 2004, a husband didn’t owe arrearages dating to 2006. He’d stopped paying when the couple reconciled, resumed living together as husband and wife, and had two more children supported solely by the husband’s income. ...

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Fear of termination not good cause to resign (access required)

An employee with a felony record was not discharged when his employer announced that employees would be subject to background checks and let go if they were felons. Rather, he voluntarily terminated his own employment in anticipation of discharge and ...

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GMU Foundation not a public body subject to VFOIA (access required)

The George Mason University Foundation Inc. is an independent corporate entity whose records are not subject to freedom-of-information requirements, even if the records relate to funds used to support the University, itself a public body. Nonetheless, the University’s Gift Acceptance ...

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Gun seen from beyond “path of consent” will be suppressed (access required)

While officers had the defendant’s explicit consent to search specific rooms in his house and implied consent to take a path leading to those rooms, his firearm was seen only after an officer deviated from that path. Thus, it exceeded ...

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City’s red-light enforcement cameras constitutional (access required)

A vehicle owner served with a notice of violation, which cited a no-stop right turn on red with photo and video evidence, did not show that her constitutional rights were violated either by the city red-light-camera ordinance or its authorizing ...

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Fire changed marital residence from asset to deficiency (access required)

After a divorced couple’s former residence was significantly damaged by fire, the husband was entitled to reimbursements from the wife for his outlays to return to property to saleable condition. The trial court did not err in decreasing the wife’s ...

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Retroactive support modification can’t cure arrearages (access required)

The circuit court did not err in modifying a husband’s spousal support obligation from about $7,800 to $4,800 based on his ability to pay, but it also properly declined to make the modification retroactive. Background Husband and Wife married in ...

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