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Jeffreys v. Uninsured Employer's Fund  
Date: February 14, 2019
Docket Number: 171467

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission not to award Appellant benefits after he was injured while renovating a historic sch...

The Corporate Executive Board Co. v. Department of Taxation  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: 171627

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the Tax Department on the Corporate Executive Board Company’s (CEB) complaint alleging that its income tax assessments vi...

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Sumner  
Date: January 31, 2019
Docket Number: 180121

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal by a railroad corporation (Defendant) from a judgment in favor of one of its employees (Plaintiff) in an action brought under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), 45 U.S.C. 51 through 59, the Supre...

Erie Insurance Exchange v. EPC MD 15, LLC  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 180120

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court holding that EPC MD 15, LLC’s ability to control its subsidiary meant that, for insurance-coverage purposes, EPC acquired all of the subsidiary’s property unde...

May v. R.A. Yancey Lumber Corp.  
Date: January 10, 2019
Docket Number: 171708

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court finding that laches barred Plaintiff’s motion for a temporary injunction, sustaining a special plea in bar, and entering judgment in favor of a Corporation, ho...

Parson v. Miller  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 171393

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal of a judgment in a will contest the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court denying Defendant’s motion to strike the evidence and holding that the evidence was sufficient as a matter of law...

Shumate v. Mitchell  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 180012

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Virginia’s Dead Man’s Statute, Va. Code 8.01-397, permits admission of a decedent’s hearsay statements offered by the defense in a personal injury action brought against the decedent’s estate...

Ray v. Ready  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 180060

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant’s motion to amend her complaint to name the personal representative of her deceased husband’s estate as the proper party defendant and dismis...

Crosby v. ALG Trustee, LLC  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 180062

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court in sustaining the demurrer filed by ALG Trustee, LLC and dismissing Appellant’s second complaint with prejudice, holding that Appellant’s allegations were suff...

Hall v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 180197

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the trial court’s determination that Defendant’s motion filed pursuant to the safety value provision of Va. Code 18.2-248(C), which provides potential relief from mandatory minimum sentences ac...

Leonard v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 170965

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying Plaintiff’s application for a name change under Va. Code 8.01-217, holding that the circuit court abused its discretion by finding that good cause did...

In re Phillips  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 171438

Justia Opinion Summary: Upon consideration of Darnell Phillips’ petition for a writ of actual innocence, Respondent’s motion to dismiss, and Phillips’ motion for a nonsuit, the Supreme Court decided that the writ of actual innocence will not is...

Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County v. Cohn  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 171483

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court, reinstated the determination of the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA), and entered final judgment for the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County, h...

McGinnis v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 180055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeals affirming Defendant’s convictions on three counts of violating Va. Code 18.2-181 without reviewing the merits of his assignment of error and reinstated the...

Smith v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: 180198

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals sustaining Defendant’s conviction for voluntary manslaughter, holding that the Court of Appeals did not err when it found the evidence was sufficient to uph...

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