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Tag Archives: Chief Justice Donald W. Lemons

Supreme Court splits on eviction delay power (access required)

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A divided Supreme Court of Virginia has acceded to a request from the governor to institute a second suspension of Virginia eviction proceedings. The new, four-week freeze was welcomed by legal aid housing advocates, but the court’s Aug. 7 published ...

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Homeschoolers not required to provide children’s birth certificates (access required)

A county school board lacked authority to require appellants and other persons homeschooling their children to provide the children’s birth certificates and proof of residency in the county. Background Appellants, the Sosebees, homeschool their children. Appellee, the Franklin County Board ...

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Claims struck by trial court remanded for damage award (access required)

The circuit court erred by striking plaintiff’s claims of excessive force, false arrest and illegal search against defendant police officer on the basis of sovereign and qualified immunity. Defendant did not challenge the jury’s findings that he was liable for ...

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Professional discipline is usable for impeachment (access required)

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Lawyers need to choose their medical experts with care. That’s a key lesson from a new Supreme Court of Virginia decision, one lawyer said. The justices refused to overturn a patient’s verdict even though the jury was told that a ...

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Justices part ways on vicarious liability (access required)

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The case of a nursing home patient raped by a staff member split the Supreme Court of Virginia in its position on vicarious liability. The justices largely agree that an employer’s liability under the doctrine of respondeat superior is best ...

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