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Counsel had implicit authority to stipulate property value (access required)

In this divorce action, the trial court correctly ruled it could receive counsels’ stipulations as to property value but erred in part regarding determinations that certain real estate was husband’s separate property. The court also erred it classifying husband’s purchase ...

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Long-term care class action settlement is fair and adequate (access required)

The settlement of a class action alleging that Genworth made false representations when offering contractual options to its long-term care policyholders and failed to disclose anticipated premium rate increases, was given final approval after a factual finding that it was ...

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No claim against decedent’s prior real estate interest (access required)

Where decedent held property with two others as joint tenants with right of survivorship, decedent interest passed by operation of law to the other joint tenants, and the bank holding decedent’s car loan cannot seek to satisfy the loan from ...

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Negligence claim against decedent’s wife dismissed (access required)

Where plaintiff sued decedent’s estate, alleging the decedent sexually abused him, a negligence claim against decedent’s wife based on theories of employer-employee, business proprietor-invitee and custodial supervision, the wife’s demurrer is sustained with prejudice. Allegations Plaintiff sued Virginia Music Adventures, ...

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Maryland workers’ comp award no bar to personal injury suit (access required)

Plaintiff may sue for personal injuries arising from an automobile accident in Virginia even though he was awarded workers’ compensation benefits in Maryland. Background Plaintiff and defendant Edwards are both Maryland residents and work for the same Maryland employer. Edwards ...

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Privity of contract not required for mechanic’s lien (access required)

A general contractor properly recorded a mechanic’s lien against a corporate entity after not being paid in full for designing and building work. The entity’s owners, who contracted with the contractor, cannot seek to have the lien released on the ...

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Name remains on sex offender list (access required)

Where petitioner seeks a writ of mandamus to compel respondent Settles, the state police superintendent, to remove petitioner’s name from Virginia’s Sex Offenders and Crimes Against Minors Registry, relief is denied because the offenses he committed require his registration. Ruling ...

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