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Tag Archives: Virginia Circuit Courts

Judge says no portraits in courtrooms for criminal trials (access required)

A Fairfax judge has declared that when he presides over jury trials of criminal defendants, such trials “shall proceed in a courtroom devoid of portraits in the furtherance of justice.” Fair trial concerns “The Court has before it the question ...

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Lemon Law claim was timely filed (access required)

Plaintiffs’ post-arbitration communications with defendant’s agent extended the statute of limitations on their Lemon Law claim. Overview After plaintiffs claimed their new Jeep manufactured by FCA had many problems, plaintiff Randel submitted a Customer Arbitration Process Application as part of an ...

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Plaintiff claims emotional distress affected diabetes (access required)

Defendant doctor’s demurrer to plaintiff’s personal injury claim is overruled because plaintiff has pleaded emotional distress accompanied by a physical injury. Decision “For the purpose of surviving a demurrer, a pleading is ‘sufficient if it clearly informs the opposite party ...

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No guardianship where living father still has legal custody (access required)

A minor child’s maternal grandparents cannot be appointed as the child’s guardians because her father is alive and has legal custody of the child. Overview Petitioners are the maternal grandparents of a 15-year-old child whose mother died in 2012. She ...

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No protective order action against retirement community (access required)

Where plaintiff seeks to depose a representative of defendant Hickory Hill Retirement Community, defendant’s motion for a protective order regarding some of the deposition topics is denied. Decision “Pursuant to Rule 4:5(b)(6), plaintiff, Matthew Charles Henderson, asked that defendant Hickory ...

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Plaintiffs lack standing to contest construction project (access required)

Where plaintiffs seek to enjoin construction of a distribution center located near their homes, they lack standing to do so because they have not alleged particularized injuries arising from the construction.  Plaintiffs are granted leave to amend their complaint to ...

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Housing commission can subpoena records in bias case (access required)

Where respondent Fairfax Human Rights Commission issued a subpoena duces tecum for petitioner Capital Investment Advisors relating to racial discrimination in an apartment complex, the court, on the commission’s motion to reconsider, now concludes that the commission has subpoena power when ...

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