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Construction Defect Claims in Virginia

When an owner wants to make a construction defect claim in Virginia, there are three factors that need to be considered: liability, damages and source of recovery. Whether an owner is contracting to have minor repair work done on their home, or is...

November 12, 2020 Construction Law; Litigation

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law - Defects In Concrete

You've hired a contractor to pour concrete either as a project, or as a part of a larger overall project. In some cases the poured concrete begins to develop cracks. Do these cracks constitute a defect for which the contractor should be liable? The...

July 10, 2018 Construction Law; Litigation

Written by Barry Dorans

Can I Sue A Contractor For Fraud?

In construction disputes, it is not uncommon that one of the parties wants to sue for fraud. A fraud claim has significant advantages over a contract claim in that there is a longer statute of limitations to bring the claim and the damages that can...

March 06, 2018 Construction Law; Litigation

Written by Barry Dorans

What Is Mediation? What Can I Expect From It?

There are four primary methods for resolving disputes in the American legal system: (1) trial by judge; (2) trial by jury; (3) arbitration; and (4) mediation. Of these, mediation is probably the least understood.

February 13, 2018 in Litigation

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Law - Virginia

When an owner hires a contractor to perform construction and the work goes poorly, damages is one of the issues that can be contested. This article by Wolcott Rivers Gates attorney, Barry Dorans, discusses the nuances of what recourse a client has...

December 19, 2017 Construction Law; Litigation

Erin Andrews From Ten Thousand Feet

Beyond doubt, Erin Andrews was emotionally injured by the conduct of Mr. X when he surreptitiously altered Ms. Andrews’ hotel room door peephole so that he could video her o’natural and then publish the video on the internet. Ms. Andrews was a...

March 04, 2016 Criminal Defense - State & Federal; Litigation

Increasing Urbanization Leads to Change in Virginia Boundary Law

Prior to 2007 under Virginia common law a landowner was typically limited to self- help when a neighbor’s vegetation such as tree roots or branches encroached onto his or her property. The only available remedy was to trim or cut the vegetation to...

October 01, 2013 in Litigation

Premises Liability in Virginia: A Summary of the Duties and Responsibilities of the Landowner

The issue of whether a landowner may be liable for an injury to someone that occurs on their property depends on the legal classification of the injured person at the time of the injury. There are three types of visitors that are used in the...

October 01, 2013 in Litigation

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