Tag Archives: Judge Elizabeth K. Dillon

Jury to decide which party breached contract (access required)

Where a subcontractor providing laundry and linen services to a general contractor under that party’s contract with the University of Virginia sought liquidated damages and attorneys’ fees when its subcontract was ended early after UVA terminated the main contract, its ...

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Split decision: Roanoke couple awarded $430K in first verdict over pipeline (access required)

Mountain Valley Pipeline

A federal jury awarded a Roanoke County couple $430,000 in an eminent domain case on May 14, the first such verdict among cases related to the Mountain Valley Pipeline project. The verdict was reached after a four-day trial in federal ...

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Defense counsel has no conflict of interest (access required)

Where counsel for a defendant accused of money laundering never formed an attorney-client relationship with another defendant, never obtained any privileged information from that defendant nor was ever consulted or communicated with his lawyer, there was no conflict of interest ...

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Landowners’ expert testimony limited in condemnation case (access required)

Where reference to comparable sales was wrong or speculative, possible pipeline hazards are not inherent in an easement and the substance of other appraisals was inadmissible hearsay, the landowners’ expert was barred from testifying on these topics in a condemnation ...

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Counsel’s performance was not deficient (access required)

Where trial counsel for a defendant challenging his incarceration for malicious wounding of a police officer relied on a then-recent mental competency exam and the defendant’s own denial of mental illness history, his performance was not constitutionally deficient. The defendant’s ...

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