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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...

Desai v. A. R. Design Group, Inc.  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 160814

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant recorded a mechanic’s lien for work done on two properties that had been placed in a trust. The trustee filed a petition challenging the validity of the liens, arguing that the memoranda for mechanic’s lien wer...

Commonwealth v. White  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 160879

Justia Opinion Summary: The court of appeals reversed Defendant’s conviction for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, third or subsequent offense, concluding that the trial court erred in denying Defendant’s pretrial motion to su...

Epps v. Commonwealth  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: 161002

Justia Opinion Summary: An indictment returned by a grand jury as a true bill in open court is not invalid when the order recording the indictment was not entered until after the trial on the indictment and no objection was made to the indictme...

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...

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