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Third-Party Beneficiary – Condition Precedent – Prevention Doctrine –Purposeful Act or Omission (access required)

Rastek Constr. & Dev. Corp. v. General Land Commercial Real Estate Co. LLC (VLW No. 017-6-095, 16pp.) (Kelsey, J.) Record No. 161549. Appealed from the Circuit Court of Chesterfield County. Holding: Where the appellant-seller had signed a sales agreement with ...

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In Forma Pauperis – Inmate Trust Accounts – “Deposits” (access required)

Grethen v. Robinson (VLW No. 017-6-092, 8pp.) (McCullough, J.) (McClanahan, J., dissenting) Record No.  161417. Holding: Where the plaintiff-inmate has an account into which “deposits” are placed but, under Department of Corrections Operating Procedure, these funds are used to satisfy ...

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Adoption – Preservation of Issue for Appeal – Petition to Set Aside Adoption (access required)

Castillo v. Bell (VLW No. 017-7-273, 4pp.) Record No. 0859-17-3. (Per Curiam, unpublished) Appealed from the Circuit Court of Rockbridge County (Filson, J.) Holding: Where the appellant-biological mother endorsed a final adoption order as “Seen and objected to” without further ...

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Failure to Appear – Motion in Limine – Willfulness – Insufficient Evidence (access required)

Cosby v. Commonwealth (VLW No. 017-7-277, 13pp.) (Clements, J.) Record No. 1982-16-2. Appealed from the Circuit County of the City of Richmond. (Rupe, J.) Holding: Where the testimony of a detective that he saw the appellant-defendant in the courthouse about ...

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Retainers – Advanced Payment of Fees and Expenses – Property of Client (access required)

Allen Corporation of America Inc. v. Zayas; Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Garnishee (VLW No. 017-8-098, 6pp.) (Shannon, J.) Fairfax Cir.Ct. CL-2017-07300 Holding: Where the garnishee-law firm held for the defendant-judgment debtor a retainer fee in trust as security for the ...

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Public Employees – Constitutional – Free Speech & Association – Assistant State’s Attorney (access required)

Borzilleri v. Mosby (VLW No. 017-2-184, 13 pp.) (Wilkinson, J.) No. 16-1751; Oct. 17, 2017; USDC at Baltimore, Md. (Motz, S.J.) 4th Cir. Holding: Since assistant state’s attorneys implement the policies of their elected bosses, the newly elected defendant-state’s attorney ...

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Modification of Spousal Support – Burden of Proof (access required)

Hubbard v. Hubbard (VLW No. 017-7-248, 6 pp.) (Humphreys, J.) Record No. 0197-17-2. Appealed from the Circuit Court of Chesterfield County (Johnson, J.) Holding: Where the circuit court ruled that the appellant-husband failed to produce any direct evidence of his ...

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Subcontract – Warranty – Virginia Consumer Protection Act – Statute of Limitations (access required)

Johnston v. Stephan (VLW No. 017-8-097, 14 pp.) (Bernhard, J.) Fairfax Cir.Ct.Case No. Cl-2017-5006 Holding: Where the defendant-subcontractor installed a roof under a subcontract with a general contractor employed by a homeowner who then sold the home to plaintiff-homeowners, the ...

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