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Coutlakis v. CSX Transportation, Inc.  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 160277

Justia Opinion Summary: Gina Coutlakis filed a third amended complaint against CSX Transportation, Inc., the train’s conductor, and the train’s engineer (collectively, Appellees) alleging that Appellees’ negligence resulted in the death of her...

Verizon Online LLC v. Horbal  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 151955

Justia Opinion Summary: The Tax Commissioner of Virginia directed Chesterfield County to issue refunds to Verizon Online LLC for local taxes it paid for tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010 on set top boxes it owned. The circuit court upheld the Tax C...

Boasso America Corp. v. Zoning Administrator of the City of Chesapeake  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 160202

Justia Opinion Summary: Boasso American Corporation appealed an adverse decision by the Zoning Administrator for the City of Chesapeake to the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Board affirmed. Boasso then filed a petition for writ of certiorari. The...

Mount Aldie, LLC v. Land Trust of Virginia, Inc.  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: 160305

Justia Opinion Summary: The predecessor in title to Mount Aldie, LLC (MA) conveyed a conservation easement to Land Trust of Virginia, Inc. (LTV) covering a sixty-acre tract of land. The easement designated a 100-foot-wide strip of property runn...

Francis v. National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc.  
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: 160267

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant filed suit against Appellee, her former employer, alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy under Bowman v. State Bank of Keysville. The trial court sustained Appellee’s demurrer, which alleged...

Forest Lakes Community Ass’n, Inc. v. United Land Corp. of America  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 151779

Justia Opinion Summary: Two property owners’ associations (POAs) sued various owners and developers of parcels in a shopping center, claiming that the shopping center’s sediment basins discharged sediment into a creek that flowed into a lake ow...

The Funny Guy, LLC v. Lecego, LLC  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 160242

Justia Opinion Summary: The Funny Guy, LLC sued Lecego, LLC, claiming that it was not paid for work it did for Lecego. Funny Guy alleged that Lecego had agreed to pay approximately ninety-seven percent of the fees claimed in an attempt to resol...

Ricketts v. Strange  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: 160311

Justia Opinion Summary: In February 2012, Sheryl Ricketts was involved in a motor vehicle accident. Ricketts underwent surgery for her injuries. In January 2014, Ricketts filed a complaint alleging that Charlie Strange’s negligence was the dire...

Oprisko v. Director  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: 151450

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant moved to suppress the fruits of the search that led to his arrest on the ground that the probable cause for the search was provided by the warrantless use of a drug-sniffing dog in violation of the Fourth Amend...

Jones v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 131385

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered an Alford guilty plea to capital murder and other related charges. The trial court imposed a life sentence pursuant to the plea agreement plus a sixty-eight-year term of incarceration on the remaining c...

Mayr v. Osborne  
Date: February 2, 2017
Docket Number: 151985

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Matthew Mayr, a surgeon, mistakenly fused the wrong level on Michael Osborne’s spine. Catherine Osborne, Michael’s wife and the administrator of his estate, filed suit, alleging that Dr. Mayr was negligent and that h...

Lindsey v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 151111

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of petit larceny, third or subsequent offense. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in giving Instruction 16 to the jury rather than Instruction O, Defenda...

Gilliam v. Immel  
Date: January 19, 2017
Docket Number: 151944

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Defendant seeking damages arising from personal injuries she claimed to have sustained when a vehicle being operated by Defendant struck the rear bumper of the vehicle Plaintiff was operating...

Payne v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 29, 2016
Docket Number: 151524

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of one count each of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony The circuit court sentenced Defendant to six years’ active incarceration on the robbery count an...

Johnson v. Arlington County  
Date: December 22, 2016
Docket Number: 160246

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, two Arlington County taxpayers, challenged the County’s inclusion of transferrable development rights (TDRs) in their real estate assessment, arguing that the County had no authority assess and tax TDRs on th...

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