Two Northern Virginia businessmen and their fledgling solar energy business have filed a defamation lawsuit against the town of Front Royal and three of its leaders alleging they were defamed by allegations of bribery.
The lawsuit by Donald Poe and Gregory Horton seeks $30 million from the town and three members of the town council. Poe and Horton say the council members made “baseless allegations” that the businessmen committed a crime and refused to retract those statements when requested. The suit also lists three “Doe” defendants. “There could be other defendants named,” said Manassas lawyer David Silek, counsel for the plaintiffs.
The flap arose over bidding for a solar energy project and escalated after release of an April legal memorandum, prepared for the town by Troutman Sanders, addressing the issue of alleged “secret incentives.”
The suit was filed in Warren County Circuit Court by the Manassas firm of Ours and Silek.
By Peter Vieth