Timber Trespass, and a Modern Primer on Virginia Principles of Statutory Interpretation

On December 30, 2015, the Virginia Supreme Court issued its to-be-published decision in Chacey v. Garvey, 2015 Va. LEXIS 185. The litigation arose under a claim of “timber trespass,” and related claims, arising under Virginia’s applicable statutory scheme. See Va. Code §§55-331 through 55-335. The decision immediately caught my eye. First, more than twenty-five years ago, I handled a timber trespass case. That litigation provided me with “a real education,” as the saying goes. I represented the plaintiff, a municipality. The level of attention one receives when his client enjoys a statutory entitlement to treble damages truly amazed me. Ultimately, we settled the case on very reasonabl

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