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High court upholds arbitration win for Alexandria lawyer (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia will not disturb an arbitration decision that absolved an Alexandria attorney of ethics accusations and slammed a plaintiff with more than $900,000 in sanctions. The decision by five justices could end a protracted battle over ...

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The duty to protect others (access required)


A sharply divided Supreme Court of Virginia says those who assume a duty to guard against criminal harm can be liable only if they communicate their undertaking. A four-justice majority of the high court affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit against ...

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SCV: Totality of circumstances justified vehicle search (access required)

When the search of a driver who’d appeared nervous and fidgety produced a digital scale with apparent cocaine residue on it, the circumstances supported probable cause for officers to search his vehicle, where they found drugs and a handgun. Background ...

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SCV: Teaming agreement didn’t create binding subcontract (access required)

After a $12 million jury award on breach-of-contract and fraudulent inducement claims, the circuit court did not err in vacating the verdict. Lost profits are not recoverable for a fraudulent inducement claim when they are premised on the unenforceable provisions ...

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SCV: “Infinity” value made formula unenforceable (access required)

A property sales agreement, which set forth a mathematical formula for apportioning increases to local development-density rights between the property owners, was rendered impossible to calculate when the county removed the density limit entirely. Background In 2000, Appellant WG Land ...

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SCV: Front-yard noose display was in a “public place” (access required)

A black mannequin hanging from a noose in the defendant’s front yard was in a “public place” because it was clearly visible from a public road. Background Appellant Jack Eugene Turner lived on property adjoining a public road. Several other ...

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In Forma Pauperis – Inmate Trust Accounts – “Deposits” (access required)

Grethen v. Robinson (VLW No. 017-6-092, 8pp.) (McCullough, J.) (McClanahan, J., dissenting) Record No.  161417. Holding: Where the plaintiff-inmate has an account into which “deposits” are placed but, under Department of Corrections Operating Procedure, these funds are used to satisfy ...

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