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Firearms conviction supported by testimony of multiple witnesses (access required)

Testimony from multiple witnesses, together with other testimony, including the defendant’s own telephone calls, supported his conviction for possession of a firearm. Background The evidence established that Erica Hutchings heard gunshots after 7 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2017, and saw ...

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Settlement terms did not include execution of release (access required)

Where the parties agreed in an email exchange to settle their suit, the term “settlement” was not ambiguous – it means “dismissal of this lawsuit” – and “no reasonable person would have attributed execution of a release to the term ...

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Defendant did not transact business in Virginia (access required)

The court grants a business defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction; long-arm jurisdiction is unavailable because the cause of action did not arise from this defendant transacting business in Virginia. Overview A daycare business, My Little Magic ...

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City council members immune in monument case (access required)

Charlottesville city council members are statutorily immune from plaintiffs’ claims arising from a series of votes relating to the removal, sale and covering up of statutes of two Civil War generals in city parks. The defendant council members’ actions did ...

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Worker who quit for good cause gets benefits (access required)

The Virginia Employment Commission erred by denying plaintiff’s claim for unemployment benefits because the record does not support its finding that he voluntarily left his employment without good cause. ‘Good cause’ An employee who voluntarily leaves his or her job ...

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Virginia legislature lacks standing to challenge redistricting decision (access required)

After the Virginia Attorney General elected to not appeal a lower court decision holding certain redistricting violated the Equal Protection clause because it was based on race, members of Virginia’s House of Delegates took up the appeal. However, the court ...

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