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Yelp battles to keep local reviewers anonymous

A suit heading to Virginia Supreme Court wants Yelp to identify people who left negative feedback for a carpet cleaner

Yelp Headed To Supreme Court After Refusing To Reveal Identities Of Alleged Fake Reviewers by @mattsouthern

The Wall Street Journal reports an Internet free-speech case against online review site Yelp is headed to the Virginia Supreme Court this month. Lawsuits were initially filed by a carpet cleaning company whose business reportedly dropped by 30% following a string of negative reviews. Show More Summary

Virginia Supreme Court Reverses Award Against Virginia Tech From 2007 Shootings

5 months agoNews : Jonathan Turley

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 […]

Virginia Supreme Court makes important ruling for tolls and P3s in Meeks case

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

Wrongful Death Verdict Reversed In Virginia Tech Case

5 months agoNews : The Two-Way

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.

Mann’s emails to be subject of state supreme court case

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 ?

Prince William FOIA case on global warming headed for Virginia Supreme Court

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 ?

Va. Supreme Court Rules Against Departing Congregation in Property Dispute

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 Officially Blesses Above the Law

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

The Nightly Turbo: Virginia Supreme Court Addresses Poker Case, More Changes at ISPT

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.

News for Degenerates, Vol. 3: Poker in Virginia loses shot at legalization in Va. Supreme Court

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

Free speech roundup

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

Virginia Supreme Court Reverses Preliminary Injunction Against Alleged Libel

(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 [...]

Judge Stopped From Ordering User to Alter Yelp Review

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

Virginia Supreme Court overturns order to delete negative Yelp reviews

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.

Virginia Supreme Court: Businesses Can’t Censor Yelp Reviews Until They Prove Statements Are Libelous

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

Virginia Permits Public Policy Termination Claims Against Individuals

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...

Exonerated in rape case, Va. man can again vote

last yearNews / Crime : Crime Scene

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 >>

Va. Supreme Court to hear Alexandria waterfront appeal

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 >>

4th Cir Asks W. Va. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Mining Lawsuits

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......

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