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  • A client whose legal malpractice complaint alleges it did not follow defendant law firm’s advice about its patent application that was “buried” within an amendment to a draft response to a patent examiner has not alleged the firm breached the standard of care for patent attorneys, and the Fairfax Circuit Court dismisses its complaint. To ...

  • Although father claims he proved he had adequate income and housing to care for his child, the Court of Appeals says he waived his claim under Rule 5A:18 by only objecting generally to the order terminating his parental rights. The record falls far short of affirmatively demonstrating a miscarriage of justice. The evidence showed that ...

  • An affidavit established probable cause to search defendant’s residence with its recitation of marijuana seeds and stems and a knotted clear plastic baggie corner obtained during a trash pull from the single can behind defendant’s residence; the affidavit’s omission of additional supporting evidence such as multiple anonymous tips about drug activity at the house did ...

  • Although the prosecution did not introduce evidence of the actual images of child pornography from defendant’s computer, which he had destroyed, testimony by his former girlfriend describing the images she discovered on his computer, and defendant’s recorded interview with police acknowledging and describing child pornography he had viewed, were sufficient to find that the images ...

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DISCLAIMER: David A. Cardon is an attorney at the Virginia Beach office of Cardon and Goodman, P.C. who concentrates his legal practice in traffic, criminal, and personal injury law. Mr. Cardon provides the materials contained above as a public service and on an informational basis only. These materials are not intended to be a comprehensive statement of Virginia law, and are not intended to convey legal advice.


If you have a legal problem, you should consult with an attorney in your area who can investigate the particular circumstances of your situation. You can contact David Cardon at (757) 306-9060 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.