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Tag Archives: Judge Richard E. Gardiner

Condo sale before testator’s death adeemed legacies (access required)

Where the bequests to certain beneficiaries were to be funded from the sale of the testator’s condominium, the sale of the condominium before the testator’s death adeemed the bequests. The Commissioner of Accounts erred by concluding otherwise. Her recommendation that ...

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Punitive damages claim survives demurrers (access required)

A claim for punitive damages in a wrongful termination case is allowed to proceed after surviving demurrers from the defendant employer. An additional claim by the plaintiff for attorney fees was not allowed to proceed after the defendant’s demurrer was ...

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Punitive damages available in public policy discharge case (access required)

Where plaintiff alleges that he was fired after he complained to defendant employer that he was not being timely paid, he has stated a claim for discharge in violation of public policy. Further, defendant’s demurrer to plaintiff’s claim for punitive ...

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Stalking elements not proved in protective order petition (access required)

On reconsideration, the court again denies petitioner’s motion for a protective order because she did not prove that respondent, more than once, placed her “in reasonable fear of death, criminal sexual assault, or bodily injury.” The statutes “The petition was ...

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Order barring support changes is void ab initio (access required)

Where a court order provided that father could not seek a modification of his child support obligation until he became current on his payments, the order is void ab initio because it “diminishes the court’s power to decree support[.]” Voidness ...

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Statute bars punitive damages in power of attorney case (access required)

Where the court found that defendant breached fiduciary duties by violating the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, plaintiff’s damages are limited to recovery of the lost funds and reimbursement for attorney’s fees and costs. The act does not authorize an ...

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Arrest records expunged because charge was dismissed (access required)

Where petitioner seeks to have records of his arrest for “sexual battery” expunged, the petition is granted because the charges were eventually dismissed. Overview Petitioner was arrested on January 30, 2006, for misdemeanor sexual battery in violation of Code§ 18.2-267.4. ...

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Case dismissed because commonwealth won’t prosecute (access required)

Where the commonwealth has declined to prosecute defendant for the misdemeanor offense of driving without an ignition interlock system, this court must dismiss the charge. Overview Defendant was charged in the general district court. The commonwealth declined to prosecute. Defendant ...

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Judge: No prosecutor means charges must be dismissed (access required)

A Fairfax County circuit judge has ruled that criminal charges must be dismissed if the commonwealth’s attorney’s office declines to prosecute. The ruling arises from the decision by Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano not to prosecute many misdemeanor cases, often ...

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