The Virginia Supreme Court waited for Halloween to release a truly scary ruling where it overturned a jury verdict to families of the victims of the 2007 shooting massacre at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. We have previously discussed the absurd state cap on such verdicts which led to the reduction of the award to $100,000 for […]
2013-10-31: The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of tolls as a legitimate user fee and in favor of upholding a toll concession at the Elizabeth River crossing between Norfolk and Plymouth. The case involved Danny...Show More Summary
Virginia Tech officials could not have foreseen that 32 people would die in the 2007 attack on campus, the Virginia Supreme Court rules. School and police officials believed the gunman had fled and posed no further danger in the area, the justices said.
You have to wonder what he’s got in those emails to be fighting so hard to keep people from seeing the supposedly mundane details of research. Prince William FOIA case on global warming headed for Virginia Supreme Court The fight … Continue reading ?
The fight by a conservative legal group and Del. Robert Marshall (R-Prince William) to obtain the e-mails written by leading climate change scientist Michael E. Mann while he was at the University of Virginia was shot down by a judge … Continue reading ?
The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of The Episcopal Church against a congregation that voted to leave the denomination over its liberal theological views.
Virginia Supreme Court holds that lawyers can blog about their clients. This is awesome. Lawyers writing about their clients without their consent sounds like it will produce endless ATL fodder. Continue reading » Follow Above the Law on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook. Tags: Blogging, First Amendment, Free Speech, Horace Hunter, Lawyer Advertising, Virginia Supreme Court
A look at the day's top poker stories including a poker-related hearing at the Virginia Supreme Court, more changes at the International Stadiums Poker Tour, and more.
Legalized gambling in Virginia remained ever further from reality Thursday when the Virginia Supreme Court decided not to rule on the weighty issue of whether poker is a game of skill or chance. A Portsmouth man’s bid to run a legal poker parlor hinged on whether he could convince the courts that Virginia’s anti-gambling laws were unconstitutional. Show More Summary
Spirit Airlines v. DOT: “Government Can’t Silence Speech Criticizing Its Actions, Even If That Speech Is ‘Commercial’” [Ilya Shapiro/Sophie Cole, Cato] Virginia Supreme Court speedily rejects prior restraint against Yelp review [Paul Alan Levy, Volokh, earlier] Why schools crack down on speech [Hans Bader] “Mann v. Show More Summary
(Eugene Volokh) Public Citizen has details on the case, including the court documents. Here’s Public Citizen’s summary (paragraph break added): A contractor sued a woman who posted an unfavorable review of his services on Yelp and Angie’s List, alleging defamation in a number of respects, and sought a preliminary injunction. The trial judge held a preliminary injunction [...]
A judge's order that a Yelp user alter her Yelp review accusing a contractor of theft and sloppy work for the duration of a defamation case was overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court this week. The Yelp user, Jane Perez, hired Christopher Dietz of Washington, D.C., for more than $50,000 worth of home improvement projects in 2011. Show More Summary
A woman's negative Yelp reviews of a contracting business can stay online unless the contractor is able to prove libel, the Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled.
As we’ve covered numerous times, online review sites like Yelp can become a nasty battleground between unhappy consumers and business owners who take issue with what they claim are overly negative, sometimes malicious, comments. Last...Show More Summary
Legal Newsline reports on a recent Virginia Supreme Court decision (4-3), acting on a question certified by the Fourth Circuit, that allows an employee to sue an individual for a termination in violation of public policy, even when the individual...
RICHMOND, Va. — A Charles City area man exonerated of a 1978 wrongful rape conviction is regaining his right to vote. Bennett Barbour thought he was eligible to vote after the Virginia Supreme Court exonerated him in May. But Gov. Bob McDonnell must restore his voting rights because he has other, less-serious felony convictions. Read full article >>
The Virginia Supreme Court will hear an appeal by opponents of the Alexandria waterfront plan who argue that the City Council should have been required to pass it last January by a supermajority vote. Read full article >>
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that the West Virginia Supreme Court should decide whether Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) inspectors can be held liable for coal miners' deaths, reports CBS News. The appellate court characterized the issue as "a pure question of state law, which......
Having previously attained tabloid notoriety and reality TV stardom by crashing the White House, Real Housewives Of DC co-star and thoroughly 21st-century construct Tareq Salahi is once more drawing desperate attention to himself by deliberately wasting the time of another high seat of governmental power: the Virginia Supreme Court. Show More Summary
Our Guest Blogger is Billy Corriher, Associate Director of Research for Legal Progress In 2004, West Virginia coal mogul Don Blankenship spend $3 million to elect a West Virginia supreme court justice — more money that all the candidates combined. The newly elected justice then cast the deciding vote to overturn a $50 million verdict [...]