39th Annual Recent Developments in the Law 2013: News from the Courts and General Assembly Seminar Materials - SALE!

Publication Date: June 2013
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Content Summary:

  • Recent Developments in the Law Ethics
  • Ethics Update 2013 - Hot Topics in Legal Ethics
  • Recent Developments in Creditors’ And Debtors’ Rights
  • Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Recent Developments in Virginia: Taxation Law
  • Recent Developments in the Law: Estate Planning and Administration
  • Family Law
  • Selected Real Estate Legislation
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Recent Developments in Virginia Civil Litigation

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This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a June 2013 seminar held in conjunction with the Virginia State Bar annual meeting.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW ETHICS
Edward L. Davis

I. DISCIPLINARY STATISTICS

II. NEGLECT CASES

III. DISCIPLINARY CASES

IV. APPEALS TO THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA

V. PROCECUTOR’S DUTY TO DISCLOSE EVIDENCE—LEO 1862

VI. COMMUNICATION W/ REPRESENTED PERSONS—LEO 1863

VII. DISCOVERY AGREEMENTS IN CRIMINAL CASES—LEO 1864

VIII. LIENS ON SETTLEMENTS—LEO 1865

IX. “OF COUNSEL” RELATIONSHIPS—LEO 1866

X. RELEASE-DISMISSAL AGREEMENTS—LEO 1867

XI. ASSISTING PRO SE LITIGANTS—LEO 1869

XII. VIRTUAL LAW OFFICES—LEO 1872

ETHICS UPDATE 2013 - HOT TOPICS IN LEGAL ETHICS
James M. McCauley

I. NEW LEGAL ETHICS OPINONS ISSUED BY THE STANDING
COMMITTEE ON LEGAL ETHICS
    
    A. Prosecutor’s Duty to Disclosed Exculpatory Evidence—
    LEO 1862
    
    B. Communications with Persons Represented by Counsel:
    Plaintiff’s Counsel Contacting Insurance Adjuster—
    LEO 1863
    
    C. Discovery Agreements in Criminal Matters—LEO 1864
    
    D. Attorney’s Duty to Third Parties Regarding Liens on
    Settlements—LEO 1865
    
    E “Of Counsel” Relationships—LEO 1866
    
    F. Use of Release Agreements by Prosecutors in Dismissing
    Criminal Charges-LEO 1867
    
    G. Assisting PRO SE Litigants—LEO 1869—Released for
    Public Comment
    
    H. Virtual Law Offices and Executive/Rental Suites—
    LEO 1872

II. RECENT DECISIONS BY THE SUPREME COURT OF
VIRGINIA INVOLVING LEGAL ETHICS AND ATTORNEY
DISCIPLINE

III. SPECIALTY “HOT TOPIC”—LAWYERS MOVING BETWEEN
FIRMS

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CREDITORS’ AND DEBTORS’ RIGHTS
Tyler P. Brown

I. CODE OF VIRGINIA REVISIONS (EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2013)
    
    A. § 6.2-107. Financial Institutions; Contract Provision
    Requiring Amendment or Waiver to be in Writing.
    
    B. §§ 8.01-27.1 and 8.01-27.2. Civil Action; Failed Electronic
    Funds Transfer
    
    C. 8.01-126, and 8.01-471. Unlawful Detainer Remedies
    
    D. §§ 8.9A-516 and 12.1-21.1. Uniform Commercial Code –
    Secured Transactions; Filings
    
    E. § 13.1-1039. Limited liability Companies; Assignment of
    Interest
    
    F. § 18.2-213.2. Filing Fraudulent Liens or Encumbrances
    Against the Property of Another; Penalty
    
    G. §§ 43-3, 43-4, 43-4.01, 43-5, 43-8, and 43-10. Mechanics’
    Liens; Licensed Contractors
    
    H. §§ 55-225.2, 55-248.26, and 55-248.40. Tenant's Remedies;
    General District Court
    
    I. §§ 55-225.8 and 55-248.5. Landlord and Tenant Laws;
    Application to Certain Occupants of Hotel, Motel, Extended
    Stay Facilities, and Similar Lodging
    
    J. §§ 55-225.16 and 55-248.21:2. Landlord and Tenant Law;
    Early ...... Termination of Rental Agreements by Victims of Family
    Abuse or Sexual Assault
    
    K. § 58.1-3965. Real Property Tax; Sale of Sole Dwelling for
    Delinquent Taxes

II. SELECTED DECISIONS ON CREDITORS’ RIGHTS

    A. Fourth Circuit
    
    B. District Court
    
    C. Bankruptcy Court
    
    D. State Court

III. SELECTED DECISIONS ON BANKRUPTCY LAW

    A. U.S. Supreme Court
    
    B. Fourth Circuit
    
    C. District Court
    
    D. Bankruptcy Court

COMMERCIAL LAW
Edward B. Lowry
David W. Thomas


VIRGINIA CODE AMENDMENTS/ADDITIONS

I. CORPORATE STRUCTURES AND INTERESTS

II. UNIFORM COMMERCIAL CODE

III. FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

IV. INSURANCE

V. EMPLOYMENT

CASES

I. INDEMNIFICATION IMPLIED

II. NON-COMPETITION AGREEMENTS / TORTIOUS
INTERFERENCE

III. BREACH OF THE IMPLIED COVENANT OF GOOD FAITH
AND FAIR DEALING

IV. EMPLOYMENT

V. MECHANICS’ LIENS

VI. VOLUNTARY PAYMENT DOCTRINE

VII. CONTRACTS

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
Matthew A. Clary, III

I. RECENT CASES AFFECTING BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS IN
VIRGINIA

II. LEGISLATIVE MATTERS OF PARTICULAR NOTE

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN VIRGINIA: TAXATION LAW
William L.S. Rowe

I. CORPORATE INCOME TAX

    A. Litigation
    
    B. Cases
    
    C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

II. TAX CREDITS

    A. Litigation
    
    B. Cases
    
    C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

III. INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX

    A. Cases
    
    B. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

IV. FIDUCIARY INCOME TAX

    A. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

V. RETAIL SALES & USE TAXES

    A. Litigation
    
    B. Attorney General’s Opinions
    
    C. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

VI. COMMUNICATIONS SALES AND USE TAX

    A. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

VII. BUSINESS LICENSE TAX

    A. Litigation
    
    B. Cases
    
    C. Attorney General’s Opinions
    
    D. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner

VIII. PROPERTY TAXES

    A. Litigation
    
    B. Attorney General’s Opinions
    
    C. Rulings of State Tax Commissioner

IX. MISCELLAEOUS TAX

    A. Attorney General’s Opinions
    
    B. Rulings of the State Tax Commissioner
    
    X. TRENDS

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW: ESTATE PLANNING AND
ADMINISTRATION

John B. O’Grady

I. INTRODUCTION

II. ESTATE TAXES

    A. Code § 2001. Estate Tax Reform
    
    B. Code § 2010. Unified Credit
    
    C. Code §§ 2031, 2032, 2032A and 7520. Valuation
    
    D. Code § 2033. Interests Owned on the Date of Death
    
    E. Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs) and Limited Liability
    Companies (LLCs) (Code §§ 2031, 2033, 2036-2038, 2511,
    2512, 2704 et alia)
    
    F. Code § 2035. Adjustments for certain gifts made within 3
    years of decedent's death
    
    G. Code § 2036-2038. Retained Life Estate or Power to Alter
    Beneficial Enjoyment
    
    H. Code § 2042. Life Insurance Proceeds
    
    I. Code § 2053. Expenses, Indebtedness and Taxes
    
    J. Code §§ 2055, 2522. Charitable Deduction
    
    K. Code §§ 2056, 2044, 2519, 2523, 2207A. Marital
    Deduction
    
    L. Estate Tax Procedures

III. GIFT TAXES

    A. Code § 2503. Gift Tax Annual Exclusion
    
    B. Code § 2505. Unified Credit
    
    C. Code § 2511. Transfers in General
    
    D. Code § 2512. Valuation of Gifts
    
    E. Code § 2518. Disclaimers

FAMILY LAW
Sharon K. Lieblich

I. TWO TOUCHDOWNS WITH POINTS AFTER

II. FROM THE LEGISLATURE

    A. Marriage, Divorce, And Annulment
    
    B. Spousal And Child Support
    
    C. Parental Rights
    
    D. Miscellaneous

III. COURT RULES

IV. THE COURTS

    A. Marriage, Divorce, And Annulment
    
    B. Spousal And Child Support
    
    C. Custody And Visitation
    
    D. Property, Prenuptial And Post-Nuptial Agreements
    
    E. Equitable Distribution
    
    F. Parental Rights And Child Abuse
    
    G. Jurisdiction And Procedure
    
    H. Miscellaneous Cases

SELECTED REAL ESTATE LEGISLATION
Lucia Anna Trigiani

    SELECTED REAL ESTATE LEGISLATION
    
    BANKING AND FINANCE
    
    BUILDING CODE
    
    BUSINESS ENTITIES
    
    CEMETARIES
    
    CIVIL REMEDIES AND PROCEDURE
    
    COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
    
    CONDEMNATION AND EMINENT DOMAIN
    
    CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT
    
    FORECLOSURE
    
    HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT
    
    INSURANCE
    
    LANDLORD AND TENANT
    
    LAND RECORDS AND COURT RECORDS
    
    MECHANICS’ AND OTHER LIENS
    
    MISCELLANEOUS
    
    NOTARIES
    
    PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS
    
    REAL ESTATE SETTLEMENTS
    
    TRUSTS AND ESTATES
    
    WATER, SEWER AND STORMWATER
    
    ZONING AND LAND USE

CASE LAW UPATE

I. VIRGINIA SUPREME COURT CASES

    A. First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Western Sur. Co., 283 Va. 389,
    722 S.E.2d 637 (March 2, 2012)
    
    B. Gerald T. Dixon, Jr., L.L.C. v. Hassell & Folkes, P.C., 283
    Va. 456; 723 S.E.2d 383; 2012 Va. LEXIS 46
    (March 2, 2012)
    
    C. Mathews v. PHH Mortgage Corp., 283 Va. 723; 724
    S.E.2d 196 (April 20, 2012)
    
    D. Town of Leesburg v. Long Lane Assoc., 2012 Va.
    LEXIS 125 (June 7, 2012)
    
    E. Livingston v. Va. DOT, 284 Va. 140; 726 S.E.2d 264
    (June 7, 2012)
    
    F. Piney Meeting House Invs., Inc. v. Hart, 2012 Va. LEXIS
    124 (June 7, 2012)
    
    G. Steward v. Holland Family Props, LLC, 2012 Va. LEXIS
    134 (June 7, 2012)
    
    H. Manchester Oaks Homeowners Assoc. v. Batt, 284 Va.
    409, 732 S.E.2d 690 (2012)
    
    I. Lynnhaven Dunes Condo. v. City of Virginia Beach, 284
    Va. 661; 733 S.E.2d 911 (November 1, 2012)
    
    J. 3232 Page Ave. Condo. Unit Owners Ass’n v. City of
    Va. Beach, No. 112193, 2012 Va. LEXIS 195 (Va. Sup.
    Ct., Nov. 1, 2012)

II. VIRGINIA CIRCUIT COURT CASES

    A. Capitol Building Supply v. Chang, et al., 2012 Va. Cir.
    LEXIS 16 (Feb. 3, 2012)
    
    B. Collett v. City of Norfolk., No. CL 11-3510, Aug. 24,
    2012;Norfolk Cir. Ct.
    
    C. Financial Freedom Acquisition LLC v. Jewish Family
    Service of Tidewater Inc., No. CL 10-1782, Aug. 29, 2012;
    Norfolk Cir. Ct. (Aug. 29, 2012)

III. U.S. DISTRICT COURT CASES

    A. Sandbeck v. Reyes, et al., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37019
    (March 19, 2012)
    
    B. Harrison v. US Bank Nat’l Ass’n, No. 3:12-cv-00224,
    2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 85735 (E.D. Va.,
    June 20, 2012)
    
    C. Bourdelais v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No.3:10cv670,
    2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158508 (E.D. Va. Nov. 5, 2012)
    
    D. Bourdelais v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., No.3:10cv670,
    2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158508 (E.D. Va. Nov. 5, 2012)
    
    E. Int’l Fid. Ins. Co. v. W. Va. Water Auth., No. 7:11-cv-00441,
    2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 141778 (W.D. Va., Sept. 28,
    2012)

IV. BANKRUPTCY COURT

    A. Sunrise Oak Prof’l Park Condo. Unit Owners Ass’n v. 1801
    Robert Fulton Drive, LLC, Case No. 11-12753, 2012 Bankr.
    LEXIS 603 (Bankr. E.D. Va. Feb. 1, 2012)
    
    B. In Re: Hookup L.L.C., Case No. CL12-33202, 2012
    Bankr. LEXIS 4839 (Oct. 15, 2012)

V. UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE
FOURTH CIRCUIT

    A. BP Products North America v. Stanley, 669 F.3d 184; 2012
    U.S. App. LEXIS 2909 (Feb. 14, 2012)
    
    B. Omar Botero-Paramo v. Tysons Fin., LLC, 483 Fed.
    Appx. 779 (4th Cir. 2012) (June 8, 2012)
    
    C. First Am. Title Ins. Co. v. Western Sur. Co., No. 10-1802,
    2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 16751 (4th Cir., Aug. 8, 2012)
    
    D. Jarmak v. Ramos, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 23646 (Nov. 16,
    2012)
    
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE
Corinna B. Lain

I. TRAFFIC OFFENSES

II. SEARCH AND SEIZURE

III. CONFESSIONS AND SELF-INCRIMINATION

IV. PRETRIAL MOTIONS

    A. Jurisdiction and Venue
    
    B. Discovery
    
    C. Motion to sever
    
    D. Identification evidence

V. CHARGES AND PLEAS

VI. RIGHT TO COUNSEL

VII. TRIAL

    A. Evidence
    
    B. Witnesses
    
    C. Contempt
    
    D. Juries

VIII. VERDICT AND SENTENCING

IX. APPEALS

SUBSTANTIVE LAW

I. GUNS AND DRUGS

II. CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON

III. PROPERTY CRIMES

IV. MISCELLANEOUS

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN VIRGINIA CIVIL LITIGATION
Stuart A. Raphael

I. INTRODUCTION

II. MOST IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS COVERED BY THIS
OUTLINE

    A. Abuse-of-discretion standard of review
    
    B. Causation—rejection of substantial contributing factor
    standard
    
    C. Demurrer—sufficiency of the pleadings
    
    D. Duty to warn
    
    E. Experts—literature designations
    
    F. Preserving objection to error through motion for
    reconsideration
    
    G. Remittitur
    
    H. Requests for admission—attorney’s fees
    
    I. Summary judgment
    
    J. Tortious interference—improper methods
    
    K. Voluntary payment
    
    L. Wrongful termination under Bowman—claims against
    participating agents

III. JURISDICTION, VENUE AND SERVICE OF PROCESS

    A. Statutes
    
    B. Cases

IV. CAUSES OF ACTION AND DAMAGES

    A. Contract Cases
    
    B. Insurance cases
    
    C. Tort cases
    
    D. Other

V. PLEADING, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

    A. Statutes
    
    B. Rules
    
    C. Cases

VI. AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES

    A. Cases

VII. TRIAL PROCEEDINGS AND EVIDENCE

    A. Statutes
    
    B. Rules
    
    C. Cases

VIII. APPELLATE PRACTICE

    A. Rules
    
    B. Cases

Authors

Edward L. Davis

James M. McCauley

Tyler P. Brown

Edward B. Lowry

David W. Thomas

Matthew A. Clary, III

William L.S. Rowe

John B. O’Grady

Sharon K. Lieblich

Lucia Anna Trigiani

Corinna B. Lain

Stuart A. Raphael

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