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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...

Bergano v. City of Virginia Beach  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 171183

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying Appellant’s petition for a writ of mandamus asking the court to compel the City of Virginia Beach to limit the scope of the redaction the City provided...

Frouz v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 171450

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court determining that Defendant’s dog was a “dangerous dog” within the meaning of Va. Code 3.2-6540(A), finding that Defendant was the custodian or harborer of the...

Jones v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 180052

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals upholding Defendant’s conviction for shooting at an occupied vehicle under Va. Code 18.2-154, holding that the plain language of the statute did not require...

Gordon v. Kiser  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 180162

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the circuit court’s judgment denying a motion for nonsuit, prospectively denying an inmate in forma pauperis status pursuant to Va. Code 8.01-692, and imposing a pre...

Martinez v. Commonwealth  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 180179

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed, without prejudice, Appellant’s appeal of the circuit court’s denial of Appellant’s motion for reconsideration of its prior order denying his second motion to dismiss his capital indictments,...

Chapman v. Commonwealth (PUBLISHED ORDER)
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: 171417
Francis Hospitality, Inc. v. Read Properties, LLC  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: 170894

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the circuit court’s judgment against Defendants as to Plaintiff’s claims for tortious interference and statutory business conspiracy, holding that the circuit court erred in ruling that Defenda...

Sweely Holdings, LLC v. SunTrust Bank  
Date: November 21, 2018
Docket Number: 171165

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court dismissing on demurrer Sweely Holdings, LLC’s suit against SunTrust Bank alleging breach of contract, fraud in the inducement, and constructive fraud, holding...

Parker v. Carilion Clinic  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 170132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded the decision of the circuit court granting the demurrers filed by Carilion Clinic and Carilion Healthcare Corporation (collectively, Carilion) and dismis...

Botkin v. Commonwealth  
Date: November 1, 2018
Docket Number: 171555

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals holding that multiple mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment, imposed for multiple convictions under Va. Code 18.2-308.2(A) are required to be served conse...

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