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4th Cir.: Faulty permit filings foreclosed property interest (access required)

When a BMW store applied for a renovation permit but then performed a demolition instead, the City of Rockville, Maryland, revoked the previously-granted permit. The company’s initial permit applications contained material misrepresentations, so it had no property interest that could ...

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SCV: FOIA enforcement affidavit satisfied statute (access required)

An affidavit alleging open-meeting violations by a county board of supervisors was sufficient to support a FOIA petition when the affiant swore to her belief in matters presented on information, the Virginia Supreme Court held. Background Appellant Marian Bragg alleges ...

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EDVA: Title IX prohibits transgender discrimination (access required)

Gavin Grimm, who attended a Virginia public high school and was prohibited from using the boys’ bathroom because he was identified as female at birth, sufficiently alleged discrimination claims against the school under both Title IX and the Equal Protection ...

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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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Va. Cir.: Terminal owner struggles to prove property values (access required)

The owner of a tract of land housing a marine container terminal challenged municipal tax assessments on both real and personal property. Neither party presented credible expert testimony on real property value, and the court rejected the owner’s calculation of ...

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Va. Cir.: No violation for “use” when rule targets “facilities” (access required)

A property owner couldn’t be convicted of providing free waterskiing lessons to disabled veterans without having obtained a conditional use permit, as the cited zoning ordinance spoke to recreational “facilities” rather than uses. Background Defendant Witchduck Lake Enterprises Inc. is ...

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4th Cir.: Strip club license-denial provision unconstitutional (access required)

A city ordinance empowering the police chief to deny a “sexually oriented business” license application if he determined that the business “would not comply with all applicable laws” was an overbroad prior restraint. Background The City of Rocky Mount, North ...

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EDVA: Immunity protects neither city nor police officer (access required)

Private boat maintenance workers, who were injured while aboard a Norfolk vessel when an allegedly incompetent Norfolk police officer caused it to capsize during a sea trial, sufficiently stated maritime tort and negligence claims against the City and the officer ...

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Va. Cir.: City couldn’t effect sale before liens ascertained (access required)

In a judicial proceeding to sell tax-delinquent realty, the Commissioner of Accounts cannot enter a decree of confirmation of sale until the value of liens against the property being sold are determined. Background This court appointed a Special Commissioner to ...

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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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