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Virginia Workers’ Compensation:  Injury After Clocking Out

In Jones v. The Woodlands, Inc., Jurisdiction Claim No. VA00001035833 (March 29, 2016), the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that an employee injured on the employer’s premises but after he had clocked out was not injured in the course of his employment.  The Commission reversed the Deputy…

Eastern District of Virginia rules on school restroom policy regarding transgender students

In G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board, Civil No. 4:15cv54., the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia considered whether a school board resolution requiring that the use of male or female restrooms and locker rooms be restricted to those of the corresponding biological gender constituted impermissib…

Virginia Legal Malpractice:  The burden of proving non-collectibility is on negligent attorney

In Shevlin Smith v. McLaughlin, the Virginia Supreme Court considered the issues of: (1) whether an attorney breaches the duty to a client by failing to correctly anticipate a judicial ruling on an unsettled legal issue; (2) whether collectibility is relevant to a legal malpractice claim when the alleged injury is the lo…

Requirements to plead a legal malpractice action arising from a criminal matter in Virginia

In Desetti v. Chester, the Virginia Supreme Court considered the issue of whether a plaintiff sufficiently pled a claim for legal malpractice that occurred during the course of an attorney's misrepresentation of the plaintiff in a criminal matter. The plaintiff, her husband, and her son were all involved in a cri…

Limit on Virginia courts to enforce subpoena duces tecum on nonresident non-parties

In Yelp, Inc. v. Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, Inc., 2015 Va. LEXIS 51 (April 16, 2015), the Supreme Court of Virginia considered the issue of whether a Virginia Circuit Court was empowered to enforce a subpoena duces tecum against a non-party California company having a registered agent in Virginia.  The Court held that…
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Liability of Landowner for Criminal Acts of Third Parties

Can a landowner be held accountable for personal injuries caused by the intentional (or criminal) acts of third parties? In Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia, the answer is generally, no. Nevertheless, there are enough exceptions to this general rule that landowners could face extensive liabilit…

Virginia rejects attempt to limit pollution exclusions to “traditional” environmental pollution

In PBM Nutritionals, LLC v. Lexington Ins. Co., No. 110669 (Va. Apr. 20, 2012), the Virginia Supreme Court affirmed the Circuit Court's judgment that pollution exclusions barred coverage for a multi-million dollar loss resulting from a manufacturing incident that contaminated a number of lots of infant formula, whic…
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4th Circuit affirms summary judgment based on business enterprise exclusion in LPL policy

In Minnesota Lawyers Mut. Ins. Co. v. Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus, LLP, No. 10-2404 (4th Cir. March 29, 2012)(unpublished), the Court affirmed the District Court's award of summary judgment to the insurer, holding that the insurer does not have a duty to defend the insured law firm because the complaint fall…

Pollution exclusion update: Fourth Circuit certifies Chinese drywall case to Virginia Supreme Court

To update a previous post dealing with the application of the pollution exclusion in a Chinese drywall case, in Travco Ins. Co. v. Ward, No. 10-1710 (4th Cir. March 1, 2012), an insured had appealed from an order granting summary judgment to his homeowner's insurer in a Chinese drywall case.  The District Court…
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Private causes of action against CRESPA surety bond

 In First American Title Insurance Company v. Western Surety Company, No. 111394 (March 2, 2012), the Virginia Supreme Court addressed three questions of law certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  The Court held: (1) that the Virginia Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection…
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