Supreme Court of Virginia Decisions 2022

GEICO Advantage Insurance Co. v. Miles  
Date: December 1, 2022
Docket Number: 220004

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment to Liosha Miles on the issue of whether each of the two insurance policies in this case provided separate tranches of insurance of…

Appalachian Voices v. State Corp. Comm'n  
Date: October 27, 2022
Docket Number: 220130

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the State Corporation Commission (SCC) that approved a petition filed by the Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) to obtain a rate-adjustment clause pursuant to Va. Code…

Daily Press, LLC v. Commonwealth  
Date: October 20, 2022
Docket Number: 210787

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed three rulings by the trial court in a pending criminal case in these consolidated appeals, holding that the trial court erred in barring public access to a pretrial bail hearing, by keeping…

Hawkins v. Town of South Hill  
Date: October 20, 2022
Docket Number: 210848

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court partially denying Appellant's petition for a writ of mandamus and purportedly denying his request for attorney's fees and costs, holding that the circuit court…

Williams v. Janson  
Date: October 20, 2022
Docket Number: 210972

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court determining that an auctioneer had verbally modified its advertised terms prior to the start of the auction and ordering the conveyance of a fee simple…

Ashland, LLC v. Virginia-American Water Co.  
Date: October 13, 2022
Docket Number: 210800

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Ashland, LLC's claim against Virginia-American Water Company for an alleged breach of contract, holding that the circuit court erred in concluding…

Cornell v. Benedict  
Date: October 13, 2022
Docket Number: 210934

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that, pursuant to Va. Code 40.1-29(J), joint employer liability in a collective action for unpaid wages cannot be imposed upon individuals who act directly or indirectly in the interest of an…

Taylor v. Aids-Hilfe Koln e.V.  
Date: October 13, 2022
Docket Number: 210935

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court admitting the will at issue in this case to probate and appointing an administrator for the estate of James A. Townsey but…

AV Automotive, LLC v. Gebreyessus  
Date: September 15, 2022
Docket Number: 210320

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed and remanded in part the judgment of the circuit court awarding sanctions against Plaintiffs, holding that the circuit court erred in awarding the total amount of the…

Fines v. Rappahannock Area Community Services Bd.  
Date: September 8, 2022
Docket Number: 210501

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the circuit court dismissing Appellant's claims against the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) based on its determination that RACSB was a municipal corporation…

Appalachian Power Co. v. State Corp. Commission  
Date: August 18, 2022
Docket Numbers: 210391, 210634

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part rulings made by the State Corporation Commission during its triennial review of Appalachian Power Company's rates, terms, and conditions pursuant to Va. Code…

Office of the Attorney General v. State Corporation Commission
Date: August 18, 2022
Docket Number: 210634
Ames Center, L.C. v. Soho Arlington, LLC  
Date: August 18, 2022
Docket Number: 210640

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the circuit court holding that no justiciable dispute existed between the parties following the court's holding that the plaintiff qualified as a third-party beneficiary of a 1973…

Hill v. Commonwealth  
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 210569

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the circuit court finding Appellant in violation of probation and sentencing him to serve the balance of his previously suspended…

Haley v. Virginia State Bar
Date: August 11, 2022
Docket Number: 220113
Commonwealth v. Kilpatrick  
Date: August 4, 2022
Docket Number: 210530

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of three counts of computer solicitation of a minor, first offense, and two counts of computer solicitation of a minor,…

Coxcom, LLC v. Fairfax County  
Date: July 14, 2022
Docket Number: 210568

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying a refund of Business and Professional Occupational License (BPOL) taxes Coxcom, LLC paid to Fairfax County on the grounds that the Internet Tax Freedom…

Patterson v. City of Danville  
Date: July 7, 2022
Docket Number: 210509

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting Defendant's plea in bar to Plaintiff's negligence claim on the ground that he was protected by derivative sovereign immunity and granting Defendant's…

City of Charlottesville v. Regulus Books, LLC  
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: 210414

Justia Opinion Summary: Regulus, an LLC solely owned by Klug, is the holding company for all the rights, transactions, and income related to Klug’s literary works, which include several internationally-received legal fiction novels. In 2018,…

Marsh v. Roanoke City (ORDER)
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: 210560
Seymour v. Roanoke County Board of Supervisors  
Date: June 9, 2022
Docket Number: 210721

Justia Opinion Summary: Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke (SVWC) provides medical and rehabilitative care to 2,000 animals each year. SVWC is located at the end of a shared private easement that is approximately 476 feet long; the…

Board of Supervisors v. Route 29, LLC  
Date: June 2, 2022
Docket Number: 201523

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding in favor of the owner of rezoned property who claimed that the triggering of a conditional proffer operated as an unconstitutional condition, holding…

Edwards v. Omni International Services, Inc.  
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: 201329

Justia Opinion Summary: In this personal injury case, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sustaining Defendant's plea in bar and dismissing this case with prejudice, holding that the date of Plaintiff's second filing…

Anders Larsen Trust v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County  
Date: May 26, 2022
Docket Number: 210538

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court that Neighbors lacked standing to challenge the judgment of Fairfax County's Zoning Administrator and Board of Zoning Appeals concluding that NewPort Academy,…

Chesapeake Hospital Authority v. State Health Commissioner  
Date: May 19, 2022
Docket Number: 201510

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the decision of the circuit court upholding the State Health Commissioner's denial of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center's (CMRC) application for…

LaRock v. City of Norfolk  
Date: May 19, 2022
Docket Number: 210260

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court refusing to implement the decision of the grievance panel to reinstate Petitioner to her position as an employee for the City of Norfolk, holding that the…

In re Honorable Bennett  
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: 210489

Justia Opinion Summary: In this action challenging the Supreme Court's sealing of the record of the disciplinary action against Judge Adrianne L. Bennett by the Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission the Supreme Court unsealed certain filings…

Boyle v. Anderson  
Date: April 14, 2022
Docket Number: 210382

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the Virginia Uniform Arbitration Act, Va. Code 8.01-581.01 to -.016 (VUAA), and the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. 1-16 (FAA), do not compel enforcement of an arbitration clause in a…

Erie Insurance Exchange v. Jones  
Date: April 14, 2022
Docket Number: 210443

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court ruling that an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was covered under a homeowner's insurance policy as a "farm type vehicle," holding that the circuit court…

Wills v. Wills (ORDER)
Date: April 7, 2022
Docket Number: 210318
Sidya v. World Telecom Exchange Communications, LLC  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 201007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the latest decision of the trial court in this third appeal addressing remaining contests between the parties in this case, holding that the trial court erred in…

Kittrell v. Fowler  
Date: March 24, 2022
Docket Number: 201419

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in this interlocutory appeal of a decision of the circuit court overruling Appellants' demurrer and allowing Appellees to proceed with their claims, holding that the circuit court…

California Condominium Ass'n v. Peterson  
Date: March 17, 2022
Docket Number: 201349

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing an action brought by a condominium association against the owner of two condominium units for unpaid special assessments, holding that the circuit…

Stahl v. Stitt  
Date: March 3, 2022
Docket Number: 201515

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court concluding that Plaintiff lacked standing to enforce the "midnight deadline" rule set forth in section 4-302 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), as adopted…

Farah v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 17, 2022
Docket Number: 201413

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court determining what portion of a settlement was subject to the Commonwealth's Medicaid lien, holding that there was no error. Appellant was seriously injured in…

Virginia Department of Taxation v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco  
Date: February 10, 2022
Docket Number: 201263

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court holding that the Virginia Department of Taxation's corporation income tax assessments for the years in issue were erroneous and ordering the Department to…

Godlove v. Rothstein  
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 201310

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Daniel Rothstein's motion to dismiss the appeal brought by Robert Godlove and Theresa Wolfe (together, Appellants) and vacated the judgment of the trial court in favor of Rothstein, holding that…

Cortez-Rivas v. Commonwealth  
Date: February 3, 2022
Docket Number: 210011

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for rape, holding that Defendant did not suffer any violation of his rights under the Confrontation Clause of the United States Constitution. On appeal, Defendant…

Smallwood v. Commonwealth  
Date: January 13, 2022
Docket Number: 200803

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the revocation of Defendant's deferred disposition and conviction for possession of heroin due to Defendant's failure to pay court costs, holding…

Emmanuel Worship Center v. City of Petersburg  
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 201322

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing a bill of review after determining that the underlying matter was an action at law and that a bill of review was inappropriate, holding that the…

Robol v. Virginia State Bar
Date: January 6, 2022
Docket Number: 210054
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