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SCV: Jury should have heard from both valuation experts (access required)

In a takings dispute as to the damage value to the remainder property, the trial court erred in excluding only the government’s appraiser, when the property owner’s expert’s opinion was admitted without a superior basis. Background In 2014, the Commissioner ...

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WDVA: Landowners helping tree-sitters held in contempt (access required)

Farmers held to be working in concert with anonymous people in trees for the purpose of blocking construction of a pipeline, in violation of a prior order of the court, are in contempt of court and subject to fines. Background ...

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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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Va. Cir.: Title challenge must be separate claim, not defense (access required)

In an action for unlawful detainer, defendants occupying their deceased mother’s home could not effectively challenge title by affirmative defense only; any title disputes needed to resolved by separate lawsuit or counterclaim. Background Sometime prior to November 28, 2016, at ...

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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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EDVA: Party thwarting jurisdiction not “fraudulently joined” (access required)

Because the plaintiff stated a claim against the only defendant to share her citizenship – the substitute trustee that executed foreclosure on her home – the court lacked diversity jurisdiction, and remand to state court was required. Background Plaintiff Norma ...

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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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Va. Cir.: Voluntary payment defeats fee challenge (access required)

A borrower who paid what she considered unreasonable attorneys’ fees to her noteholder, in anticipation of her impending sale of the property securing the note, could not recover fees she had paid voluntarily. To the extent the borrower argued that ...

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EDVA: “Astounding allegations” sustain 11-count complaint (access required)

In October 2015, wind and rain damaged Plaintiff Constance Moss’s home. Moss’s homeowner’s insurer soon issued a claim check for over $15,000. In a move she has lived to regret, Moss sent the check to her mortgage company, Defendant Manufacturers ...

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