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Sierra Club Awarded Partial Fees, Costs for Limited Coal-Ash Victory (access required)

On Plaintiff Sierra Club’s motion to recover fees and costs as the prevailing party, the court granted attorney fees of $457,718 and expert fees of $102,000, as well as certain litigation costs. Sierra Club had sued Virginia Electric & Power ...

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Vehicle Occupant’s Conviction for Shooting “At” the Vehicle Upheld (access required)

The court of appeals affirmed the conviction of appellant Robert Lee Jones for maliciously shooting at an occupied vehicle in violation of Code § 18.2-154, approving the trial court’s conclusion that, under the statute, a defendant can shoot “at” a ...

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Victim’s Body Never Found, But Murder Conviction Stands (access required)

The court of appeals concluded that appellant Michael Anthony Edwards was tried for murder in the proper venue and that his conviction was supported by sufficient evidence. Edwards had been romantically involved with the victim, Leyla Namiranian, a Chesterfield resident. ...

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Va. Cir. Ct.: Court Retains Jurisdiction of Child-Custody Dispute (access required)

Despite the mother’s relocation to North Carolina, jurisdiction over divorcing parties’ child-custody dispute will remain in Virginia. After Plaintiff Devin Lipps (husband) and Defendant Amanda Lipps (wife) separated, wife moved to North Carolina with the couple’s minor child. In June ...

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Woman recovers for assault, emotional distress – $1,100,246.57 Verdict (access required)

The assault cause of action arose out of an occurrence on June 20, 2006. Plaintiff Pat Hanson saw defendant Steven Cassidy and members of his family dismantling a fence between the Cassidy property and the Hanson property. When Pat Hanson ...

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For woman pelvic injury from wreck, jury out 23 minutes – $2M Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was a 43-year-old legal secretary from Pennsylvania, who was a front-seat belted passenger on her way to vacation (Busch Gardens) when the vehicle she was riding in was struck from behind two times by a large dump truck ...

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