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Bon Mots: May 2018 Edition (access required)

As seasoned attorneys know, the lofty principles that attract aspiring lawyers can quickly be overshadowed by client emergencies, Sisyphean scheduling conundrums, unreasonable opposing counsel, billing targets, intrafirm politics, and understaffed courts. But from time to time, our esteemed judges take ...

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Va. Cir.: Easement enforceable despite chain-of-title confusion (access required)

Even though the owner of a servient estate had granted it to himself as trustee of a living trust, his subsequent easement – granted and recorded in his individual capacity – operated as a partial revocation of the prior transfer ...

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Va. Cir.: Nolle prosequi extinguishes GDC jurisdiction (access required)

A general district court’s grant of nolle prosequi was a final order that immediately divested it of jurisdiction. Thus, its subsequent actions of prompting the prosecutor to reconsider nolle prosequi, and then reversing its prior grant, were an abuse of ...

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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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Va. Cir.: Interstate extradition documents proper (access required)

A habeas petitioner, wanted in California on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, was subject to extradition based on proper authorization and identification contained in California’s documents requesting such extradition from Virginia. The petitioner will remain detained pending appeal. Background ...

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County board can seek dec action against BZA (access required)

A county board of supervisors challenging the procedural validity of actions by its board of zoning appeals can do so in a declaratory judgment action, separate from an administrative appeal of the particular BZA decision containing the procedural defects. Background ...

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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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Stay Denied, Despite Related Out-of-State Litigation (access required)

Plaintiff Anthony Hawks, a Washington D.C. attorney, seeks to collect legal fees for services provided to Defendant Jeanne Ellen Libit. Libit was involved in a complex trust litigation in Florida, and Hawks represented Libit both in her individual capacity and ...

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