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Tag Archives: Judge Robert G. Doumar

Drugs in car supported arrest of passenger (access required)

Officers had probable cause to stop a vehicle for speeding and excessive window tinting. Upon smelling marijuana before even making contact with the driver, they lawfully searched the car and detained its passenger. Drugs found behind the passenger’s seat supported ...

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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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EDVA: Fees awarded in Va. Beach neighborhood suit (access required)

Waterfront property owners who brought a groundless claim against their neighbor for working as a state agent to create a special tax district are liable for his attorneys’ fees. Background In this action, the Plaintiffs allege that Defendant Frank Gurdziel ...

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Civil Practice – Motion to Dismiss – Defamation – Tortious Interference (access required)

McCray v. Infused Solutions LLC  (VLW No. 017-3-470, 13 pp.) (Doumar, J.) 4:14-civ-158; E.D. Va. Holding: Where plaintiff employee, a clerk placed at an Army recruiting center by the defendant subcontracting staffing agency, was terminated after a 90-day reprimand notice ...

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Estate – Foreclosure – Motion for Preliminary Injunction – Standing (access required)

The Estate of Martha Dawson, et al., v. Ditech Financial, LLC, et al. (VLW 017-3-425, 7pp.) (Robert G. Doumar, S.J.) 4:17-cv-93; E.D.V. Holding: The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as the express terms of the deceased’s property deed ...

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Brokerage Customers Must Arbitrate Claims (access required)

Although plaintiffs contend their signatures on a brokerage account ap­plication were forged, their reliance on and receipt of benefits from their con­tract for the account estops them from repudiating the contract’s arbitration clause, which is enforceable despite vio­lation of FINRA ...

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Sentencing Court Cites ‘Evolving Law’ on Marijuana (access required)

A Newport News U.S. District Court revokes a drug defendant’s supervised re­lease for multiple violations of his condi­tions, including DWI and marijuana pos­session; however, in light of the “evolving state of the laws criminalizing” marijua­na possession and DOJ guidelines on ...

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Va. Robbery Is ‘Violent Crime’ for Career Offender Status (access required)

A defendant who pleaded guilty to pos­session of cocaine base with intent to dis­tribute can be sentenced as a career offend­er under USSG § 4B1.1 because his prior Virginia conviction for robbery is a “crime of violence,” notwithstanding defendant’s argument ...

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