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Commonwealth v. Leonard  
Date: October 19, 2017
Docket Number: 160952

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals, which vacated Defendant’s sentence for DUI, third offense, and remanded the case to the trial court for sentencing on DUI, second offense. The court of app...

Graves v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 160688

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court insofar as it imposed a sentence upon Defendant exceeding the punishment authorized by the General Assembly in Va. Code 18.2-53.1. Graves was convicted of usin...

Graham v. Community Management Corp.  
Date: October 12, 2017
Docket Number: 161066

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court dismissing Plaintiff’s action seeking to recover attorney fees she incurred in defending a prior action. The trial court concluded that Rule 3:25 precluded Plain...

Howsare v. Commonwealth (Order)
Date: September 29, 2017
Docket Number: 160414
Palmer v. R. A. Yancey Lumber Corp.  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 160664

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court approving modifications to an easement by necessity crossing Joanna Palmer’s property. The circuit court approved the modifications after finding that they wer...

Erie Insurance Co. v. McKinley Chiropractic Center, P.C.  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 161172

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court concluding that McKinley Chiropractic Center, P.C. (McKinley) was entitled to judgment against Erie Insurance Company (Erie). Devonta Dodson was involved in a...

Old Dominion Committee for Fair Utility Rates v. State Corp. Commission  
Date: September 14, 2017
Docket Number: 161519

Justia Opinion Summary: In these consolidated appeals, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the State Corporation Commission upholding the constitutionality of Va. Code 56-585.1:1, which suspended the Commission’s biennial base rate revie...

Dietz v. Commonwealth  
Date: September 7, 2017
Docket Number: 160857

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals rejecting Defendant’s argument that the evidence was insufficient to prove she committed the offense of using a cell phone for “purposes of procuring or pro...

Williams v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 160257

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgments of the circuit court sentencing Defendant to serve a prison term before beginning his involuntary civil commitment. Defendant pleaded guilty to an offense committed in July and no...

Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. v. Virginia Department of Taxation  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 160681

Justia Opinion Summary: Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. entered into a license agreement with Kohl’s Illinois, Inc., an affiliate of Kohl’s that operates retail stores in select states, but not Virginia, for the use of intellectual property mana...

City of Danville v. Garrett  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 160979

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court ruling that the City of Danville and its Employees’ Retirement System were required by the provisions of Va. Code 51.1-813 to award a disability retirement ben...

Denton v. Browntown Valley Associates  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Number: 160999

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court in denying Seller specific performance of a contract for the sale of real property after finding that Seller failed to establish that he held marketable title....

Virginia Education Ass’n v. Davison  
Date: August 31, 2017
Docket Numbers: 161017, 161025, 161031

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court directing the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to produce student growth percentile (SGP) data for certain Loudoun County Public School students under t...

Dulles Duty Free, LLC v. County of Loudoun  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 160939

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court ruling favor of Loudoun County on Dulles Duty Free, LLC’s challenge to the County’s imposition of a business, professional, and occupational license (BPOL) tax...

In re Dennis  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 160652

Justia Opinion Summary: James Gardner Dennis, an inmate in the Greenville Correctional Center, petitioned the circuit court to change his name to James Gardner Wright pursuant to Va. Code 8.01-217. The circuit court dismissed the application fo...

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