Category: Litigation

1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER” BY STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT. In a sharply worded opinion issued on 12-15-2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared Read More …

Summary of the Collateral Source Rule in Virginia – Injured party recovers all damages even if paid by a separate 3rd party insurance contract

Summary of the Collateral Source Rule in Virginia – Injured party recovers all damages even if paid by a separate third-party insurance contract.   Question: Does the defendant have to pay for all damages resulting from his negligence even if a third party has already paid for the damage or if covered by a separate Read More …

5-5-2000 – Religious Liberty Restored

News – Religious Freedom and Equal Access Restored   Powhatan Student and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Settle Suit in Federal Court–School will not Censor Religious Speech Faculty Will Receive First Amendment Training   Freedom Works Foundation, a nonprofit foundation, announced today (May 5, 2000) that it has successfully obtained a commitment to the First Amendment Read More …

Should the insurance company pay for the depreciation, decreased or diminished value of my car due to the accident?

Question: Should the insurance company pay for the depreciation, decreased or diminished value of my car due to the accident? Answer: Absolutely, YES. Explanation: As a result of the negligence of another you automobile, vehicle or car is damaged. If the cost to repair the car is more than the value of the car before Read More …

How do I subpoena out-of-state documents from a nonresident non-party?

Question: How do I subpoena out-of-state documents from a nonresident non-party? Answer: Through the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act. Code §§ 8.01-412.8 et seq. A Virginia court does not have the power to force a nonresident non-party to produce documents located out of the state.  Enforcement of a subpoena seeking out-of-state discovery is generally governed Read More …