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True statements doom slander of title claim (access required)

Where property owners’ slander of title claim rested on allegedly false statements, but the statements weren’t false, their claim was dismissed. Background This case involves a commercial, retail and residential common plan development known as Celebrate Virginia South, located in ...

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Federal court has jurisdiction over WaveRunner suit (access required)

Where a woman was allegedly injured when she fell off a Yamaha WaveRunner personal watercraft, there was admiralty jurisdiction over her suit alleging faulty design and failure to properly warn because the accident occurred on the Rappahannock River. Background Danielle ...

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No personal jurisdiction over commission suit (access required)

Although a Virginia-based company alleged it was owed commissions by an Illinois corporation because it assisted in selling over $28 million of personal protective equipment, or PPE, the suit was dismissed because the alleged breach of the agreement concerned entities ...

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Ex-employee prevails on conversion, conspiracy claims (access required)

Where a roofing company alleged its former salesperson received unauthorized payments, he prevails on the conversion claim because there was no evidence the payments were wrongful or unauthorized. Because there was no evidence he agreed to injure the company, he ...

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Adverse inference warranted for failure to preserve evidence (access required)

Where a defendant sued for his alleged role in the “Unite the Right” rally failed to preserve a laptop, two cell phones and three social media accounts, an adverse inference instruction at trial was warranted. Background This matter is before ...

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Brokerage account was not estate asset (access required)

Where a father and son jointly owned a brokerage account and contractually agreed that if the brokerage received conflicting instructions, both had to agree before the brokerage could act, the father’s other children gained no rights to the account after ...

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Appeal improperly dismissed as sanction for order violation (access required)

Where a father disclosed a sealed report to the children’s stepmother concerning a court-ordered independent psychological evaluation, the court erred by dismissing his de novo appeal of the J&RD court’s custody award to mother. Dismissal was an “unduly severe sanction” ...

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