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Va. Cir.: County held to lowest document production estimate (access required)

When a county initially estimated almost $900 for records-request compliance but later revised the estimate down to $200, it could not then charge an actual cost of more than $1,300 without consulting further with the requesting party. Background Petitioner Nelson ...

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Va. Cir.: Amended anti-SLAPP fee provision not retroactive (access required)

A Yelp reviewer who successfully defended against defamation claims couldn’t claim attorneys’ fees under Va. Code § 8.01-223.2 because 2017 amendments weren’t retroactive, a Virginia circuit court held. Background Defendant Jeremiah Jones retained Plaintiff Will Nesbitt Realty LLC to assist him in renting a ...

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Va. Cir.: Driver’s statements to insurer discoverable (access required)

A defendant driver said in his deposition that he couldn’t remember key details of a car crash, but his pre-suit description of the crash to his insurance company was not entitled to work-product privilege. Background Plaintiff Angel Monterrozo was injured ...

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Va. Cir.: Marital agreement not procured by fraud (access required)

Because a wife executed a property settlement agreement with her husband after deliberate negotiations, with assistance from a mediator and a Navy JAG officer, and without relying on any misrepresentations, her waiver of any share in her husband’s pension was ...

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Va. Cir.: Distinct contract claim was eligible for nonsuit (access required)

Despite past litigation on the parties’ agreements that ended in a nonsuit, the present litigation – though based on the same contracts – is eligible for separate nonsuit because the present claims arise out of a separate transaction or occurrence ...

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Va. Cir.: Owner should have known hazard of unmarked step (access required)

After tripping and injuring herself on her way out of a commercial building, a plaintiff won a $60,000 verdict against the building’s owner. The jury found that the step was in an unsafe condition that the owner should have known ...

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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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Va. Cir.: TPR in foster child’s best interest (access required)

A father who had little involvement in his child’s life either before or during his incarceration had not taken any steps necessary to maintain residual parental rights to his 12-year-old son. His decision to remain in solitary confinement while incarcerated ...

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Va. Cir.: Quasi-contract claims were within agreement’s scope (access required)

A subcontractor could not prevail on claims of quantum meruit or unjust enrichment when the disputed matters were clearly within the scope of the parties’ agreement. Background In 2014, Plaintiff Total Technology Solutions entered into an agreement with Defendant ActioNet ...

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