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New Possibility for Successor Liability Claims Creditors are occasionally faced with a scenario where the debtor which owes the money has shut down its business and transferred all of its assets to a third party, leaving the debtor judgment proof. Virginia provides creditors with the opportunity to unwind certain transactions under its fraudulent and voluntary conveyance statues; if the creditor is successful, the assets are returned to the debtor and the creditor...
Localities most often litigate both direct condemnation cases, in which the locality goes to court to force the sale of property, and inverse condemnation cases, where the property owner sues the locality for allegedly taking property without going through the formal procedures, in state court.  In fact, until recently, it was almost impossible to bring an inverse condemnation suit in federal court against a locality because of the practical impact of two Supreme...
Unlike last year when one party controlled the Senate, House and Governorship, bi-partisan agreement was required for any bill to be passed into law this year. Virginia has over 700 new laws. 841 bills were sent to the Governor. The ones not approved by the Governor were either vetoed or sent back for more study. Most new laws take effect on July 1, 2022. This summary offers a highlight of some of the new laws and a brief list of bills that were proposed but...
Virginia is home to over 10,000 miles of shoreline and many thousands of acres of water comprised of a large variety of differing types of waterbodies.  As a result, Virginia is also home to thousands of dams both public and private.  In fact, in 2018 there were over two thousand state-regulated dams in the Commonwealth.[1]  As will be explained below, this number does not include a great many dams which are excluded from state regulation, so the actual number of...
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