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Tag Archives: Richmond Circuit Court

Use of force was objectively reasonable (access required)

The court grants defendant police officer’s plea in bar, based on qualified immunity, to plaintiff’s excessive force claim because his use of force was objectively reasonable under the circumstances. Background Defendant Stinger, a uniformed Richmond police officer, was on an ...

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Discovery allowed in case with punitives (access required)

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A plaintiff in a malicious prosecution case with a demand for punitive damages is entitled to discovery of the defendant’s net worth, a Virginia circuit judge has ruled. A defendant’s assets can be used as both a sword and shield ...

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No injunction against crowd control measures (access required)

Where police used crowd control weapons and equipment to disperse demonstrators who were protesting police brutality, this did not violate plaintiffs’ rights to freedom of speech and assembly. The court declines to issue a declaratory judgment that the police unlawfully ...

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Woman hit by unknown driver as he backed out in parking lot – $400,000 verdict plus prejudgment interest (access required)

On May 15, 2016, Tanza Hutchinson, age 59, was struck by a vehicle in the parking lot of the Coin Laundromat on Hull Street in Richmond. The unknown driver backed out of his parking spot at a high rate of ...

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Mayoral nominating petition requirements modified (access required)

Where plaintiffs claim that the requirements to be placed on the ballot for the 2020 Richmond mayoral election place a “severe” burden on plaintiff candidate’s “voting, associational and expressive rights guaranteed by the First Amendment” in light of restrictions imposed ...

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Nominating deadline extended due to COVID-19 orders (access required)

Where Code § 24.2-510 requires political committees to complete their nominations by the second Tuesday in June, and executive orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic make it unlikely that plaintiff can hold a timely nominating convention, the court ...

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Two children killed while crossing road to school bus – $7 million settlement (access required)

These two wrongful death actions arose out of an incident on March 30, 2017, when a tractor-trailer was being operated on a two-lane road in Buckingham County. A school bus was approaching from the opposite direction. Both the school bus ...

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Off-duty firetruck swung too wide, hit woman – $210,257 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 55-year-old woman, was stopped at a red light in the northbound left lane of 18th Street at its intersection with East Broad Street in Shockoe Bottom. Defendant, a Richmond firefighter, was driving a firetruck heading west on East ...

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