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Va. Cir.: Hearing on forensic testing is ex parte, but order is not (access required)

A capital murder defendant who sought forensic testing of certain evidence was entitled to present his argument to the court ex parte under Code § 9.1-1104. But the statute does not authorize ex parte status for the resulting order as ...

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Va. Cir.: Support modification not doomed by father’s scant evidence (access required)

If facts could be gleaned from the existing record, a father seeking to modify support obligations wasn’t necessarily required to put on evidence of his children’s current needs, since the Child Support Guidelines include a rebuttable presumption of such needs. ...

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Va. Cir.: Wrong burial plot purchase caused by mistake, not fraud (access required)

Although the Virginia Consumer Protection Act covers interment rights, a plaintiff suing a cemetery owner failed to offer evidence of the misrepresentation needed to prove her claim. She said she asked for plots right next to her parents’ plots, but ...

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Va. Cir.: Family members can recover for wrongful fetal death (access required)

The Virginia Wrongful Death Act permits the distribution of damages to statutory beneficiaries of a fetus beyond only the natural mother. Background Plaintiff Ampara Lopez Healey lost her baby toward the end of her pregnancy, resulting in a stillborn birth. ...

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Va. Cir.: Defendants can plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit (access required)

Even if he factually did not commit a charged offense, a criminal defendant may plead guilty to avoid potential conviction of a more serious crime or imposition of a worse sentence. Courts considering such pleas should require the defendant to assert ...

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Important Opinions January – June 2018 (access required)

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The “Important Opinions” that appear each week on the front page of Virginia Lawyers Weekly are those chosen by our editors as the most likely to impact law practice or a given subject area of law. Below is a listing, ...

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Va. Cir.: Carrier has no lien on claimant’s third-party settlement (access required)

A workers’ compensation carrier has no lien for a negotiated lump-sum settlement of a claimant›s future benefits in a tort action against a third party. Under Noblin v. Randolf Corp., 180 Va. 345 (1942), and Slusher v. Paramount Warrior, 336 F. Supp. ...

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