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Va. Cir.: Implied agreement replaced family support obligations (access required)

Despite a support order entered in 2004, a husband didn’t owe arrearages dating to 2006. He’d stopped paying when the couple reconciled, resumed living together as husband and wife, and had two more children supported solely by the husband’s income. ...

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Va. Cir.: “Unsigned” contract qualifies for 5-year limitations period (access required)

The material terms of the parties’ contract for services were committed to writing in daily sales tickets and an invoice for hours of services performed. Absent additional conditions agreed upon by the parties, an unsigned writing can be a written ...

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Va. Cir.: Wife didn’t misrepresent intent to stay married (access required)

A wife was entitled to enforce a marital agreement’s division of assets in the event of divorce. The evidence did not support her husband’s claim that she fraudulently induced him to sign the agreement by misrepresenting her intention to continue ...

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Va. Cir.: Ex parte hearing granted, but before different judge (access required)

An indigent defendant facing two life sentences for rape and related offenses can argue ex parte why he requires expert assistance, but he must make his case to a circuit judge other than the one presiding over the case. Background ...

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Va. Cir.: Marijuana odor not supported by body cam footage (access required)

Officers’ recollection that a strong marijuana odor emanated from a vehicle wasn’t consistent with video of their search: The car doors were closed, the marijuana discovered was raw and enclosed, and the officers never mentioned the odor before the search. ...

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Va. Cir.: Neighboring business was not entity’s registered agent (access required)

This court granted judgment by default against all three Defendants for $85,851, attorney’s fees, and costs. After the Plaintiffs attempted to execute the judgment several times, the Defendants moved to set aside the default judgment on four grounds. The court ...

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Va. Cir.: Country club wins second municipal tax challenge (access required)

For tax purposes, the City of Fairfax must assess Army Navy Country Club’s land as residential property and omit “improvements” (e.g. clubhouse, pool, tennis courts) that would be demolished in the event of residential development. Background This case challenges tax ...

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Va. Cir.: Post-mortem evidence may be admissible in murder trial (access required)

A capital murder defendant moved to exclude evidence of physical damage to the victim occurring after he disposed of her body in a lake. The court declined, in part because such evidence was probative of the manner of disposal. Background ...

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Va. Cir.: Full defendant name may relate back to “Kathy” (access required)

An amended complaint can relate back to the filing date of a name fragment if the plaintiff knew the defendant’s identity but not her name, and if all the statutory requirements of Code § 8.01-6 are met. Background Plaintiff Pam Frazier ...

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Va. Cir.: Easement enforceable despite chain-of-title confusion (access required)

Even though the owner of a servient estate had granted it to himself as trustee of a living trust, his subsequent easement – granted and recorded in his individual capacity – operated as a partial revocation of the prior transfer ...

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