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Va. Cir.: Terminal owner struggles to prove property values (access required)

The owner of a tract of land housing a marine container terminal challenged municipal tax assessments on both real and personal property. Neither party presented credible expert testimony on real property value, and the court rejected the owner’s calculation of ...

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Va. Cir.: No violation for “use” when rule targets “facilities” (access required)

A property owner couldn’t be convicted of providing free waterskiing lessons to disabled veterans without having obtained a conditional use permit, as the cited zoning ordinance spoke to recreational “facilities” rather than uses. Background Defendant Witchduck Lake Enterprises Inc. is ...

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Va. Cir.: Title challenge must be separate claim, not defense (access required)

In an action for unlawful detainer, defendants occupying their deceased mother’s home could not effectively challenge title by affirmative defense only; any title disputes needed to resolved by separate lawsuit or counterclaim. Background Sometime prior to November 28, 2016, at ...

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Va. Cir.: City couldn’t effect sale before liens ascertained (access required)

In a judicial proceeding to sell tax-delinquent realty, the Commissioner of Accounts cannot enter a decree of confirmation of sale until the value of liens against the property being sold are determined. Background This court appointed a Special Commissioner to ...

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SCV: “Infinity” value made formula unenforceable (access required)

A property sales agreement, which set forth a mathematical formula for apportioning increases to local development-density rights between the property owners, was rendered impossible to calculate when the county removed the density limit entirely. Background In 2000, Appellant WG Land ...

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EDVA: “Astounding allegations” sustain 11-count complaint (access required)

In October 2015, wind and rain damaged Plaintiff Constance Moss’s home. Moss’s homeowner’s insurer soon issued a claim check for over $15,000. In a move she has lived to regret, Moss sent the check to her mortgage company, Defendant Manufacturers ...

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WDVA: Immediate easement possession for pipeline co. (access required)

This court’s order of Jan. 31 granting Mountain Valley Pipeline immediate possession to numerous easements in the construction pathway of a FERC-approved pipeline was conditioned on its first presenting sufficient additional evidence that satisfies the constitutional requirements of eminent domain. ...

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Purchaser agreed to pay property assessments (access required)

Petitioners Delancey Street Financial LLC and Delancey Street Financial II, LLC initiated this action requesting this court to compel its Clerk to “cause the lien of taxes, levies, and assessments to be marked satisfied upon the list of delinquent lands ...

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Lienholders can partially subordinate by contract (access required)

Mortgagee Wells Fargo could subordinate its first-priority lien to its third-priority lien on secured property, without thereby moving the second-priority lien to first position, the court held. Defendant Milton H. Cortez obtained two loans to purchase a home in 2005. ...

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