The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued a pre-filing injunction against a pro se litigant for filing repetitive and vexatious appeals after losing a string of frivolous lawsuits. Dora L. Adkins has filed more than two dozen appeals in recent years ...Read More »
Texting teacher wins high court review
A female teacher who sent photographs of herself in the bathtub to an 11-year-old boy has won a chance to have her conviction overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia. Last May, the Virginia Court of Appeals affirmed Kimberlee Dietz’ ...Read More »
The Break-Up, Part Four
A marriage that never was will come up for review in the Supreme Court of Virginia later this year. The court has decided to hear Deborah MacDougall’s appeal of a lower court decision that her marriage to Richard Levick, ceremonially ...Read More »
Judge reviews released in 2016 JPE reports
Twenty-seven Virginia trial judges have received their report cards. The Virginia General Assembly has released the 2016 Judicial Performance Evaluation Reports, delivered by the Supreme Court of Virginia on Dec. 1, pursuant to statute. Reports were prepared for 27 judges ...Read More »
Driver felled by tree can sue state
A driver can sue the state for injuries he suffered when a tree on private property fell onto his car traveling a public highway in Charlottesville. In a Sept. 8 unpublished order in Cline v. Commonwealth, the Supreme Court of ...Read More »
Punitives reversed in worker safety case
An employee who says he was fired within an hour after his employer discovered that he reported the company for safety violations cannot collect punitive damages, the Supreme Court of Virginia said on Sept. 8. Punitive damages are not allowed ...Read More »
Justices question standing for challenge to rights restoration
A Republican legal challenge to Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s politically charged blanket rights restoration for convicted felons could be decided on how the case reached the doors of the state Supreme Court. The justices conducted oral arguments in the voting ...
Tagged with: Gov. Terry McAuliffe Justice Cleo E. Powell Justice D. Arthur Kelsey Justice William C. Mims Supreme Court of VirginiaRead More »
Lawyer liability for botched will upheld
A Richmond lawyer and his firm are liable for a $603,409.90 bequest that should have gone to the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as a divided Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld a trial court’s decision ...Read More »
‘You’re fired’ will work in Virginia
An employer in Virginia can fire you on the spot. If that wasn’t clear previously, the Supreme Court of Virginia made it clear on June 2. No advance notice is necessary, as “reasonable notice” for an at-will employee does not ...
Tagged with: Employment Judge Stephen R. McCullough Supreme Court of VirginiaRead More »
Hang-tag hang-up ends in high court
A parking pass hanging from a rear-view mirror left lawyers hanging for several months, as the Supreme Court of Virginia weighed whether the “dangling object” was enough to support a traffic stop. In a 5-2 split, the high court upheld ...
Tagged with: Justice Charles S. Russell Justice Cleo E. Powell Justice LeRoy F. Millette Jr. Supreme Court of VirginiaRead More »