Archive for the ‘Virginia Supreme Court’ Category

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 28, June 23, June 30 and July 22, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions this Spring and Summer in recent terms.  Its work resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local (and state) government law, in the areas of Virginia Constitutional Law, taxation of utilities, insurance coverage by the Virginia Association of Counties, grievances within a redevelopment and housing authority, assessment […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: December 17, 2015, January 14, 2016 and February 12, 2016

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on February 12, 2016, just before Jane Marum Roush’s second interim gubernatorial appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court expired. This author does not typically make political commentary, but in this case, I will make an exception.  No matter how this situation happened, I hope that this issue will be […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!  The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on Halloween this year. A complete coincidence, but I do hope that nothing in this term’s opinions has scares you!  This term resulted in two cases related to school law, and one related to DSS law.  As always, congratulations to the winners! The case summaries are taken […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: September 12, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions this morning. After last term issuing no opinions significantly affecting Virginia Local Government Law (at least not in this author’s judgment), this term resulted in two both related to law enforcement — one tort case and one “gap” pay case.  As always, congratulations to the winners! The case summaries […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law January 10, 2014

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion): 130210 Board of Supervisors v. Windmill Meadows, LLC 01/10/2014 In interpreting provisions relating to per-unit cash proffers in certain zoning proceedings […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law September 12, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t & Housing Auth. 09/12/2013 In a condemnation proceeding in which the property owner asserted that a redevelopment and housing authority lacked the […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law June 6, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions yesterday, some of which affect local government law.  Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): Friends of the Rappahannock v. Caroline Cnty. Bd. Sups. 06/06/2013 In ruling on a demurrer and motion to dismiss a declaratory judgment complaint brought by a conservation organization and […]

 

Oral Argument at Virginia Supreme Court

On March 2, 2012, I was pleased to give oral argument to the Virginia Supreme Court on behalf of a local government client. As is typical, I found the Justices to be polite, attentive, intelligent and inquisitive.  Not surprisingly, the justices asked good questions which went to the heart of the issues to be decided.  I […]

 

Virginia Supreme Court Opinion Affecting Local Government Law: March 2, 2012

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued one opinion affecting the practice of Virginia local government law.  The following summary comes from the Virginia Supreme Court website: 102409 City of Richmond v. SunTrust Bank 03/02/2012 The question presented by this appeal is whether a municipal corporation has the authority to tax a non-exempt entity for the […]

 

Plain Meaning and Tax Exemption Based Upon “Assessment”: Riverside Owner LLC v. City of Richmond

When a court interprets or a locality applies a statute, the plain meaning controls as a general rule. The Riverside Owner L.L.C. v. City of Richmond case involved the appropriate amount for a tax exemption earned by a developer under Virginia Code § 58.1-3221 and Richmond City Code § 27-83.  These laws provided for a partial exemption […]