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Water company’s general rate increase approved (access required)

Sufficient evidence supported the State Corporation Commission’s determination that a requested pilot infrastructure surcharge was just and reasonable. Background In 2015, the Virginia-American Water Company applied to the State Corporation Commission for a general increase in water rates, claiming increased ...

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SCV: Pro se litigant must pay county’s legal fees (access required)

After “only the latest in a string of frivolous lawsuits” against Loudoun County and its various departments, a pro se litigant must pay the county more than $4,000 in attorneys’ fees. She is also barred from bringing more petitions against the County without ...

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SCV: Ratepayers had no right to weigh in on fuel agreements (access required)

While fuel-company affiliates entering procurement agreements had to obtain approval from the State Corporation Commission, the Commission sufficiently reviewed the agreements. Such review and approval does not require a formal hearing where the public can raise objections. Background Appellant Sierra ...

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SCV: Auto graveyard affirmed as lawful non-conforming use (access required)

The petitioner was entitled to “verification” of lawful non-conforming use status for a parcel of property housing junk cars. Although the parcel had at one point been owned by a corporation that attempted to clear the property, evidence showed that ...

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SCV: Whistleblowers entitled to portion of gross settlement (access required)

In a false-claims settlement for Medicaid overbilling, Virginia’s whistleblower recovery provision entitling relators to a portion of the “proceeds” referred to gross proceeds, not proceeds remaining after the Commonwealth paid appropriate Medicaid refunds to the federal government. Background The relators ...

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SCV: Church merger raised issues of contract, not religion (access required)

A circuit court had jurisdiction to decide a merger dispute between two churches. Resolution centered on the parties’ merger agreement, not their religious doctrines or other ecclesiastical questions. Background After falling behind on its mortgage payments, Pure Presbyterian Church of ...

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SCV: Miranda warning written in Spanish was effective (access required)

Evidence was sufficient to conclude that a Spanish-speaking defendant waived his Miranda rights prior to a police interview. He was given the written warning in Spanish, asked by an interpreter if he understood it, and read it back to officers. Background Detective ...

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SCV: Court could not assert limitations defense (access required)

Appellant Gary Pisner filed a complaint against Appellee Mark Conley, asserting breach of a written contract to perform demolition and clean-up work at his property. Pisner sought compensatory damages of $76,000. After the complaint was served and Conley failed to ...

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