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4th Cir.: $150,000 sanction on counsel, firms upheld (access required)

Attorneys’ “egregious” conduct was designed to, and did, mislead the district court, the 4th Circuit affirmed. They challenged the authenticity of a loan agreement for two years before revealing that they possessed an identical copy, obtained from their client, before ...

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4th Cir.: Fired officers’ due process claims can proceed (access required)

Under clearly established law, publication of public safety officers’ allegedly defamatory termination letters to the media before holding a name-clearing hearing supported the officers’ claims of due process violations. Background During the summer of 2014, Officers with the Bald Head ...

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Va. Cir.: Easement enforceable despite chain-of-title confusion (access required)

Even though the owner of a servient estate had granted it to himself as trustee of a living trust, his subsequent easement – granted and recorded in his individual capacity – operated as a partial revocation of the prior transfer ...

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Va. Cir.: Liability cap applied to attorneys’ fees (access required)

In a contract for services performed that limited the service provider’s liability to the value of the service, any attorneys’ fees awarded also could not exceed the liability cap. Background In September 2012, Plaintiff LAM Enterprises LLC contracted with Defendant ...

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CAV: State worker had notice of benefit forfeiture (access required)

The Virginia Retirement System correctly held that a public employee forfeited credited service under the Workforce Transition Act when he resumed employment with the Commonwealth in a covered position. Background In 2009, after about 25 years of employment, Appellant Sundersingh ...

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CAV: Hostage, stand-off threats supported obstruction (access required)

Ample evidence, including refusing officers’ commands and threatening them, supported defendant’s convictions for possession of a weapon by a violent felon and obstruction of justice. Background On August 21, 2016, officers responded to a “person with a weapon” dispatch. When Officer ...

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CAV: Sentence enhancement for federal conviction improper (access required)

The trial court erred in finding that the federal statute underlying the defendant’s prior conviction for felony possession of a firearm was substantially similar to the state law under which the defendant was most recently convicted. Because the federal law ...

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WDVA: No sovereign immunity in tax-lien discharge suit (access required)

A bank’s suit seeking a determination that tax liens against a foreclosed property must be discharged was a quiet title action for which the United States has waived sovereign immunity. Background The Knapps, who owned real property in Richlands, Virginia, ...

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WDVA: State defendants not liable for “Unite the Right” inaction (access required)

A Charlottesville counter-protester who claimed law enforcement stood by and watched white nationalist protesters assault him and others had no constitutional right to have officers intervene in the third-party misconduct. Background In response to Charlottesville’s renaming of Lee Park, Jason ...

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