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Thomas v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 170707

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant’s sentence of ten years in prison, three years suspended upon certain conditions, imposed in connection with Defendant’s conviction for felony child abuse and neglect, holding that th...

Johnson v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 170963

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals denying Defendant’s appeal from the circuit court’s order revoking twenty years of Defendant’s suspended sentence and resuspending fifteen years after findi...

Ettinger v. Oyster Bay II Community Property Owners’ Ass’n  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 171542

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this boundary dispute was whether a property line ran to the center of a road where the deed described the property as being bounded by that road and included the property’s square footage, as well as a refer...

George Mason University v. Malik  
Date: October 18, 2018
Docket Number: 180005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court finding that George Mason University’s (GMU) decision to deny Maheen Malik’s tuition reclassification was arbitrary, capricious, and contrary to law, holding t...

Secret v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 170540

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s convictions of arson of an occupied dwelling and nine counts of attempted first-degree murder, holding that the trial court did not err in denying Defendant’s motion to suppress his...

Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls Inc.  
Date: October 11, 2018
Docket Number: 171494

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that an employer owes a duty of care to an employee’s family member who alleges exposure to asbestos from the work clothes of an employee where the family member alleges the employer’s negligence a...

Meuse v. Henry  
Date: October 4, 2018
Docket Number: 170604

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal of a judgment confirming an arbitration award, the Supreme Court held that the circuit court did not err in refusing to vacate the arbitration award under Va. Code 8.01-581.010. Plaintiff filed a fourteen...

Haynes-Garrett v. Dunn  
Date: October 4, 2018
Docket Number: 171055

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court striking Plaintiff’s evidence at the trial of her personal injury action against Defendants, holding that the circuit court did not err in ruling that Defendan...

Terry v. Irish Fleet, Inc.  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 170288

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court ruling that Plaintiff’s amended complaint alleging a wrongful death action failed to state a claim for which relief could be granted against Irish Fleet, Inc....

Kerns v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  
Date: September 27, 2018
Docket Number: 171068

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff’s suit alleging breach of contract claims against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. pursuant to the applicable statute of limitations, holding that b...

Roberts v. Virginia State Bar
Date: September 6, 2018
Docket Number: 180122
City of Alexandria v. State Corporation Commission  
Date: August 30, 2018
Docket Number: 171428

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the State Corporation Commission (SCC) that approved a new surcharge for Virginia-American Water Company (VAWC), holding that the SCC had statutory authority to approve the new sur...

Madison v. Board of Supervisors of Loudoun County  
Date: August 29, 2018
Docket Number: 170934

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Petitioner filed her petition for writs of mandamus and prohibition against the Board of Supervisors of Loudoun County in violation of Va. Code 8.01-271.1 and that an appropriate sanction agai...

Primov v. Serco, Inc.  
Date: August 23, 2018
Docket Number: 171381

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether the circuit court abused its discretion when it dismissed a complaint with prejudice upon sustaining a plea in bar for failure to comply with a contractual condition precedent before filing suit. Pl...

Pure Presbyterian Church v. Grace of God Presbyterian Church  
Date: August 16, 2018
Docket Number: 171098

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court entering an order enforcing a merger agreement between two churches, holding that the trial court had subject matter jurisdiction to adjudicate this dispute. Th...

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