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Manu v. GEICO Casualty Co.  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 160852

Justia Opinion Summary: Ebenezer Manu filed a complaint against GEICO Casualty Company alleging that GEICO violated Va. Code Ann. 8.01-66.1 for its bad faith conduct in adjusting his uninsured motorist bodily injury claim. Specifically, Manu al...

Hale v. Town of Warrenton  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 160813

Justia Opinion Summary: After his employment as the Town of Warrenton’s Building Official ended, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint against the Town requesting a writ of mandamus to reappoint him as “the executive official in charge of the Wa...

Westlake Legal Group v. Flynn  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160013

Justia Opinion Summary: Client entered into a written representation agreement with Attorney for legal services. An attorney-in-fact for Client later filed a confession of judgment against Client in the amount of $9,460.07, with interest at eig...

Lambert v. Sea Oats Condominium Ass'n  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160269

Justia Opinion Summary: Martha Lambert filed a warrant in debt asserting that the Sea Oats Condominium Association failed to pay $500 to repair an exterior door to her condominium. Lambert sought $500 in damages and an award of attorney’s fees....

Chamberlain v. Marshall Auto & Truck Center, Inc.  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160349

Justia Opinion Summary: Marshall Auto & Truck Center, Inc. executed a promissory note in favor of Middleburg Bank. Charles Chamberlain executed a guaranty of that Note. Marshall failed to make payments to Middleburg, and the Bank withdrew funds...

Hilton v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160458

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of carjacking and use of a firearm in the commission of carjacking, along with robbery, attempted robbery, attempted malicious wounding, and three other counts of using a firea...

Toraish v. Lee  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160495

Justia Opinion Summary: Mariam Toraish, as the administrator of her deceased five-year-old son Adam’s estate, instituted a medical malpractice action against James J. Lee, M.D. and his practice. Lee had performed a tonsillectomy and adenoidecto...

Shepherd v. Conde  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160606

Justia Opinion Summary: A declaration of protective covenants and restrictions (Declaration) for a Subdivision created a Committee, an unincorporated association, to have full authority to enforce the Declaration. In 2014, an amendment of the D...

Kim v. Commonwealth  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160665

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with unreasonable refusal to submit a breath sample under Va. Code 18.2-268.3. At trial, Defendant argued that the Commonwealth failed to prove that he was operating a motor vehicle on a “highway” a...

Lafferty v. School Board of Fairfax County  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160777

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs bought this lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board seeking declaratory judgment and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief for the allegedly unlawful expansion of the school board’s non-discrimin...

Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Co. v. Erie Insurance Exchange  
Date: April 13, 2017
Docket Number: 160805

Justia Opinion Summary: Nationwide Mutual Fire Insurance Company and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (together, Nationwide) brought a claim for declaratory judgment requesting that the trial court determine the priority of five separate ins...

Moonlight Enterprises, LLC v. Mroz  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 160381

Justia Opinion Summary: Moonlight Enterprises LLC filed a legal malpractice action against attorneys Francis Mroz and Stephen Zachary. The circuit court granted the attorneys’ pleas in bar and dismissed them both on statute of limitations groun...

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...

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