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Store sanctioned for not preserving footage of slip/fall (access required)

Where a Kroger’s security camera recorded portions of a customer’s slip and fall but failed to preserve the footage, multiple sanctions were imposed, including that the store’s summary judgment motion was denied, the jury would be instructed regarding the lost ...

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Ferry operator breached licensing agreement (access required)

Where defendant ferry service breached a license agreement by relocating a retaining wall without the required permission from plaintiff landowner, the court awards damages and enjoins defendant’s further use of the property. However, plaintiffs’ unjust enrichment claim fails because they ...

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Demurrers sustained in real estate contract case (access required)

Defendant’s demurrer to plaintiff’s suit for specific performance of a contract involving real estate is sustained. The contract cannot be read as giving plaintiff the right to buy the property at any time. Plaintiff’s other claims against defendant are either ...

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JDR court’s dismissal on merits was final order (access required)

The circuit court has jurisdiction over this matter concerning a minor child because the JDR’s dismissal on the merits was a final order, thus permitting the circuit court to assume jurisdiction. Final order Initially, the court must decide whether this ...

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Some counterclaims survive demurrer in defamation case (access required)

Where defendant was sued for defamation and has asserted counterclaims, some claims survive plaintiff’s demurrers while others are barred by the statute of limitations. Background In the underlying suit, filed on March 1, 2019, plaintiff John C. Depp sued defendant ...

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Lifetime sex offender registration order bars gun ownership (access required)

Where petitioner was convicted of a sex crime that requires him to permanently register as a sex offender, the requirement precludes the restoration of his firearm rights. Background After a plea-based conviction of taking incident liberties with a child, petitioner ...

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Venue transfer denied in med-mal case (access required)

Even though plaintiff executor sued defendant care provider in Norfolk County despite the fact that plaintiff’s decedent was treated in defendant’s Sussex County facility, defendants’ motion to transfer venue is denied. Overview Medical Facilities of America, the lead defendant in ...

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Attorney’s fees sanctions awarded to defendant (access required)

Even though a non-party funded defendant’s litigation costs, the court awards defendant attorney’s fees sanctions. Background Defendant Gebreyessus moved for sanctions against plaintiff and counsel. Plaintiff seeks reconsideration of the court’s ruling that granted Gebreyessus’ motion for sanctions against plaintiff ...

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