Tag Archives: Norfolk Circuit Court

Verbal altercation precluded VEC benefits (access required)

A Virginia circuit court upheld administrative findings that an employee who was fired for yelling profanities at a coworker had committed “misconduct” that disqualified her from receiving unemployment. Background Plaintiff Yolanda A. Bellamy was employed as an environmental service worker ...

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Va. Circuit Courts: GDC limit no bar to high ad damnum (access required)

A personal-injury plaintiff could claim $200,000 in ad damnum even though the circuit court was exercising only its appellate jurisdiction. The court acknowledged contrary precedent from the Supreme Court of Virginia, but sought to avoid retrial in the event of ...

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Qualified immunity doesn’t bar gross negligence (access required)

A Norfolk police officer was immune from negligence claims arising from his operation of a marine vessel that capsized, but claims against him asserting gross negligence could go to trial. Background In January 2014, the City of Norfolk contracted with ...

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Absent net earnings, LLC distributions were improper (access required)

Investor-members of a dissolving LLC were liable for the return of a large distribution made irrespective of the LLC’s losses on its investments. Background In December 2007, Meritage Fund I LLC — of which Plaintiff Williamson Equity Partners LLC is ...

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“John Doe” pleading appropriate pending discovery (access required)

On Plaintiff Kevin S. Johnson’s motion to compel discovery, Defendant Sentara Norfolk General Hospital objected to the disclosure of the name and last known address of Defendant John Doe, on grounds that such information constituted individually identifiable health information protected ...

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Benefits Claimant Presented No Evidence Mitigating Misconduct (access required)

The court denied Plaintiff Gifford Whitehurst’s petition for judicial review of a decision by the Virginia Unemployment Commission that he was disqualified from receiving unemployment compensation. Whitehurst worked at the Chrysler Museum as a security officer. The Museum’s HR manager ...

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