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Tag Archives: Judge Daniel E. Ortiz

Va. Cir.: Country club wins second municipal tax challenge (access required)

For tax purposes, the City of Fairfax must assess Army Navy Country Club’s land as residential property and omit “improvements” (e.g. clubhouse, pool, tennis courts) that would be demolished in the event of residential development. Background This case challenges tax ...

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Va. Cir.: Voluntary payment defeats fee challenge (access required)

A borrower who paid what she considered unreasonable attorneys’ fees to her noteholder, in anticipation of her impending sale of the property securing the note, could not recover fees she had paid voluntarily. To the extent the borrower argued that ...

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Contractor Showed No Damage from Exec Departure (access required)

Plaintiff, a company that provides systems engineering and technical support to federal agencies, could not show any lost profits from alleged trade secret misappropriation or other wrongful conduct by a former executive who left to develop her own IT business ...

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Field sobriety test results suppressed in Fairfax (access required)

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A trial judge has excluded the results of a driver’s field sobri­ety tests because the telephone translator who conveyed the of­ficer’s instructions to the driver did not come to court. Instructions conveyed through the translator are testimonial, and the driver ...

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Carriers have no pre-trial duty to settle (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has resolved a long-simmering split among circuit courts on whether auto accident victims can insist on a good faith settlement offer from their own insurance companies when a wrongdoer cannot cover the damages. Insurance companies ...

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