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Judge Paul A. Dryer

Apr 11, 2022

Tort claims against churches go forward

On remand from the Virginia Supreme Court, the demurrer and special pleas of defendant churches are overruled. Plaintiff’s claims for negligent hiring or retention, vicarious liability and negligent infliction of emotional distress can go forward. Motions from one of the churches to amend the style of this case and identify plaintiff are granted. Overview Doe […]

Nov 1, 2021

No justification to prolong traffic stop

Even though police had an objectively reasonable basis to stop appellant’s vehicle for speeding, littering and improper window tinting, the stop was unreasonably prolonged to have a police dog sniff the vehicle for drugs. Drugs found as a result of the canine sniff are suppressed. Background Two drug task force investigators, Hilliard and Rosemeier, saw […]

Nov 1, 2021

Drug evidence from stop suppressed

A woman who was pulled over for improper window tinting, speeding and littering has succeeded in her bid to suppress drug evidence found by the police. The officers had an objectively reasonable basis to make the traffic stop, but it was unreasonably prolonged to have a police canine do free air sniff around the vehicle, […]

Nov 9, 2020

Shares valued in stock buyout dispute

Where discord among the three sole shareholders of a restaurant business resulted in a suit to dissolve the corporation and an action to buy plaintiff’s shares in lieu of dissolution, the court accepts the fair value determination of a defense valuation expert to establish the value of plaintiff’s stock. However, the court declines to use […]

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