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Dulles Duty Free v. County of Loudoun
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 160939
In re Dennis  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 160652

Justia Opinion Summary: James Gardner Dennis, an inmate in the Greenville Correctional Center, petitioned the circuit court to change his name to James Gardner Wright pursuant to Va. Code 8.01-217. The circuit court dismissed the application fo...

Allison v. Brown  
Date: July 27, 2017
Docket Number: 160314

Justia Opinion Summary: In this medical malpractice action, the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion to set aside the jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff. On appeal, Defendant argued that Plaintiff di...

Summers v. Syptak  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 160377

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff’s medical malpractice action against Dr. J. Michael Syptak and Harrisonburg Family Practice. Plaintiff pleaded theories of intentional infli...

Judicial Inquiry & Review Commission v. Bumgardner  
Date: July 20, 2017
Docket Number: 170133

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the case filed by the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission against Rudolph Bumgardner, III, Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals and Humes J. Franklin, Jr., Retired Judge of the Twenty-Fifth...

Chaffins v. Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160582

Justia Opinion Summary: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP) sent Landowners letters seeking permission to enter their properties to conduct preliminary surveys and studies in order to build a natural gas transmission line. When Landowners wi...

Palmer v. Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC  
Date: July 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160630

Justia Opinion Summary: The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC (ACP) sought permission to enter Hazel Palmer’s property to conduct preliminary surveys in order to build a natural gas transmission line. When Palmer withheld her consent, ACP provided a...

Daily Press, LLC v. Office of Executive Secretary of Supreme Court of Virginia  
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: 160889

Justia Opinion Summary: Clerks of court are statutorily designated custodians of court records, and therefore, The Daily Press must make its request to each jurisdiction’s clerk of court for certain court records rather than to the Office of th...

Gelber v. Glock  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 160500

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the validity of instruments executed by Beverly Gelber two months before she died. The documents purported to convey Beverly’s home and personal property to her daughter, Meryl Glock. Lawrence G...

Carter v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 22, 2017
Docket Number: 160993

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions for first-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. The court held (1) assuming, without deciding, that the trial court erred by refusing to admi...

AGCS Marine Insurance Co. v. Arlington County  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: 160221

Justia Opinion Summary: Two property insurers issued policies to a Harris Teeter grocery store. The insurers together paid claims for property damage resulting from the malfunctioning of a county sewer line. Exercising their subrogation rights,...

Adkins v. CP/IPERS Arlington Hotel LLC  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 160685

Justia Opinion Summary: For nearly a decade, Petitioner, as a pro se litigant, has filed numerous pleadings in the Supreme Court, all of which have been meritless. In 2017, the Supreme Court issued a rule to show cause against Petitioner, direc...

Commonwealth v. Moseley  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: 161013

Justia Opinion Summary: A rational fact-finder could reasonably find that the totality of the circumstances proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Defendant was the criminal agent in each of the offenses charged in this case. Defendant was conv...

Howsare v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 160414

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated malicious wounding, and use of a firearm during the commission of a felony. After unsuccessfully appealing to the court of appeals, Defendant petitioned the Sup...

Hackett v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 160619

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana. After both the conviction order and the sentencing order were entered, Defendant asked the trial court to reconsider the felony conviction. The...

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