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Tag Archives: Judge Robert J. Smith

Commissioner of accounts properly conducted hearing (access required)

The commissioner of accounts properly held a hearing regarding a conservator’s accounting of the decedent’s estate, even though the information prompting the hearing came from a disinterested party. Background Kishna Minor was appointed conservator of Eric Witt Wilder, her incapacitated ...

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No preliminary injunction in noncompete contract case (access required)

Even though the parties’ non-competition contract is enforceable on its face against defendant, who is plaintiff’s former employee, plaintiff is denied a preliminary injunction because it has not shown irreparable harm or that the equities tip in its favor. Background ...

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Defamation claims related to COVID-19 tests go forward (access required)

Where a pharmaceutical company sued a newspaper for claims arising from an article about COVID-19 home testing, the newspaper’s demurrer to defamation claims is overruled. Demurrers to claims against the paper’s executives in their personal capacity the paper’s parent companies ...

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Incapacitated recipient must repay SNAP benefits (access required)

Where the Virginia Department of Social Services paid Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to an incapacitated person who was not qualified to receive them, the decision to recoup the benefits must be affirmed. Background Mohammed Moosavi is an incapacitated person. ...

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Privity of contract not required for mechanic’s lien (access required)

A general contractor properly recorded a mechanic’s lien against a corporate entity after not being paid in full for designing and building work. The entity’s owners, who contracted with the contractor, cannot seek to have the lien released on the ...

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