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Tag Archives: Judge David A. Oblon

Separate property not subject to distribution (access required)

Where the parties’ antenuptial agreement is ambiguous, the court determines, after considering extrinsic evidence, that the agreement is best understood as barring equitable distribution of the parties’ separate property brought into, and acquired during, the marriage. This includes any gain ...

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No jurisdiction for defamation claim against UK newspaper (access required)

Plaintiff, a solicitor in the United Kingdom and a California resident, has not demonstrated how this court can assert personal jurisdiction over his defamation claim against the Daily Mail, a UK newspaper, arising from matters occurring in the UK involving ...

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Court will not seal infant settlement terms (access required)

Where the parties in this medical malpractice case, a minor, his mother and several defendants, made a pretrial settlement of plaintiffs’ claims, the court will not seal the settlement terms. Although the wrongful death statute requires settlement terms to be ...

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Judge: Infant settlement terms must be public (access required)

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Litigants settling a child’s medical malpractice claim cannot keep the terms secret under Virginia law that requires a judge’s approval of the compromise, a circuit judge has ruled. The decision underscores transparency principles established in a 2008 Virginia Supreme Court ...

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Sworn oral agreement enforceable as court order (access required)

Where the parties swore in open court that their agreement, as recited by counsel, was “full,” “final” and “total,” the court will treat the proposed order, which tracks the hearing transcript, as a final, enforceable order once it is entered. ...

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Locking down (access required)

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Divorce cases often expose family secrets that both sides would prefer to keep out of the public eye. Allegations of infidelity, cruelty or neglect are just the most obvious. There are children’s names, friends’ names and sordid details about the ...

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