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Real estate development site
Nov 6, 2023

Unmarketable title case headed to jury

Robust litigation will proceed to a jury trial on damages in December after the Eastern District of Virginia found a title insurer was liable for breaching its policy by denying a landowner’s claim that unclear property descriptions created an unmarketable title and stymied a sale.

Doctor preparing to administer vaccine
Nov 6, 2023

‘Hyperbolic opposition’ to vaccine views not actionable

A doctor’s claims that a Washington Post article defamed him have been dismissed by the Western District of Virginia because the challenged statements regarded a matter of public concern and weren’t made with actual malice.

Leaders in the Law
Nov 6, 2023

Celebrating the Class of 2023 Leaders in the Law and Up & Coming Lawyers

Practitioners from across the commonwealth came together with family and friends for Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Leaders in the Law and Up & Coming Lawyers awards program.

Supreme Court of Virginia Justice Thomas P. Mann
Nov 6, 2023

Virginia Law Foundation hosts inaugural wellness institute

The Virginia Law Foundation recently presented its inaugural Wellness Institute at The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna

Oct 30, 2023

Banks named VLW’s 2023 ‘Leader of the Year’

When Donna R. Banks earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law, she invited her parents to Richmond to watch her formal admission to the Virginia bar.

Phone call from unknown number
Oct 30, 2023

Court vacates millions in damages

Damages awarded by a jury to a student loan servicer under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, were vacated after an Eastern District of Virginia judge found the defendants’ telephone consumer protection claims were neither shams nor manufactured.

Pin dropped on map of Michigan - Deposit Photos
Oct 30, 2023

Mutual insurance company is ‘corporation’ for diversity

The Eastern District of Virginia has found that a mutual insurance company was a Michigan corporation and refused to remand the case after the insured plaintiff argued that his membership in the company destroyed diversity jurisdiction.

Shoppers carrying bags at mall
Oct 30, 2023

No excessive force used in arrest of 14-year-old girl

The Western District of Virginia has dismissed claims against a city and arresting officers after a 14-year-old girl was injured during an arrest when she refused officers’ commands and fought back while police were dealing with teenagers fighting in a mall.

Concept - person singled out
Oct 23, 2023

Blocked: School principal’s Twitter account not a public forum

A high school principal’s Twitter account wasn’t a public forum and he didn’t violate the First Amendment by blocking the school board chair from the public account, the Eastern District of Virginia has held.

For sale sign outside house
Oct 23, 2023

Filing lis pendens is not a ‘process’

In a matter of first impression, a Virginia circuit court has dismissed a malicious abuse of process claim grounded solely in the filing of a lis pendens after finding that it wasn’t a “process” reachable by the claim.

Last will and testament
Oct 23, 2023

Will bars adult child from moving into widow’s home

A trial court correctly applied a prior Virginia Supreme Court ruling to bar a decedent’s adult child from moving into the family home where he allowed his widow to live, the Court of Appeals of Virginia has held.

Concept - signing document electronically
Oct 23, 2023

Conviction for false allegation of law firm forgery upheld

The Court of Appeals of Virginia has upheld the conviction of a man who falsely reported to police that his former attorney had forged his signature on a retainer agreement just days after being ordered to pay the law firm its unpaid fees.

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