Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 7, 2012

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Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law.

The cases involve (1) an inverse condemnation claim against VDOT for flooding, (2) another application of the principles of West Creek Associates and TB Venture in a City of Richmond assessment appeal case, (3) the ability of landowners to amend proffers on their land despite opposition from neighbors covered by the same proffers in a Town of Leesburg case, and (4) the application of the FOIA definition of “meeting” in the context of email exchanges between local school board members in a Fairfax County School Board case. In this last case, the Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc. filed an amicus brief in support of the school board.

While VDOT did not prevail, I am pleased to note that the local government entities did. Congratulations to the winners.

The following summaries come from the Virginia Supreme Court website (click on the case number to read the opinion)...

Please see full summary below for more information.

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