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Landlord had no duty to check on tenant’s welfare (access required)

Even though one of defendant landlord’s employees reported to other employees that he saw plaintiff tenant sitting in his apartment bathroom “‘not very alert’ and potentially ‘ill,’” there was no duty to check on plaintiff’s welfare. As a result, the ...

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Comments about lawyer’s advice lacked defamatory sting (access required)

Defendant’s statements to the press about plaintiff’s legal advice to the Portsmouth City Council lacked the necessary sting to support his defamation suit. Background Plaintiff is Portsmouth’s former city attorney. Defendant is the former mayor. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that after ...

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Probable cause supported search warrant for drugs (access required)

A police officer’s affidavit provided probable cause to issue a search warrant even though the affidavit stated that the officer would execute it when he knew defendant had drugs for sale. Waiting to resupply Defendant Paige is charged with possession ...

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No injunction against restaurant operating without license (access required)

Even though defendant’s restaurant is still operating after state health authorities suspended its license for noncompliance with COVID-19 restrictions, the court declines to enjoin the restaurant’s operation. Overview In response to COVID-19, the governor and the state health commissioner issued ...

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Legislative immunity shields some subpoenaed documents (access required)

Where defendant served subpoena duces tecum on members of the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors, the commonwealth’s motion to quash is denied in part. Legislative immunity applies to some of the requested documents. Overview This case arises from a petition ...

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