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No breach regarding developer’s fees and improvements (access required)

A real estate project owner did not breach a reciprocal easement agreement (REA) with a business that bought property within the project by adding common area repair and construction costs to monthly common area maintenance (CAM) fees. Facts RAMCO Virginia’s ...

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Mechanic’s lien inferior to trustees’ and lender’s interests (access required)

Where a plumbing company sued to enforce a mechanic’s lien against defendant’s property for unpaid work, the lender and the deed trustees are not necessary parties to the case because, by statute, the lien is inferior to the trustees and ...

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Victim to be retried over threats to attorney, detective (access required)

A crime victim who assisted the commonwealth in the criminal prosecution against his assailant will himself be retried for making threats against the assistant commonwealth’s attorney and a police detective. The question is whether his purpose in making the threat ...

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Drugs in driver’s system supports involuntary manslaughter conviction (access required)

A conviction for aggravated involuntary manslaughter was upheld, as it was based on the presence of multiple drugs in the defendant’s system and his admission, after initially denying that he had consumed alcohol or drugs, that he had received a ...

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Landlord can’t prevent assignment of commercial lease (access required)

The commercial property landlord failed to persuade the bankruptcy court that assigning the debtor’s lease to a new tenant was prohibited by the Bankruptcy Code, provisions in the debtor’s lease or provisions in other tenant’s leases. Background Before the court ...

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