2018 – Virginia Accepts 2 Civil Rights Appeals to Address Sovereign Immunity Issues

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Due Process, Excessive Force, False Imprisonment, Fourth Amendment, General, Litigation

Virginia Supreme Court grants two petitions to address sovereign immunity issues argued by Virginia’s Civil Rights Law Firm – Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC   December 18, 2018 — The Virginia Supreme Court announced this week that will hear legal arguments by the Richmond civil rights law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, […]

January 23, 2018 – Another Free Speech Victory

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press, Libel & Slander, Litigation

“…I shall obey the laws of the United States of America and of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and shall support and defend their constitutions against all enemies whomsoever, foreign and domestic….” – Virginia State Police Trooper’s Pledge. Nathan Cox’s nightmare is finally over. The Virginia Supreme Court rejected the appeal petition of Trooper Melanie H. […]

Civil Rights Law Firm Lands A Jury Verdict for Police Misconduct

Posted Posted in Assault & Battery, Civil Rights, Excessive Force, Fourth Amendment, General, Litigation

April 28, 2017 – Civil Rights Victory in Petersburg–Jury Verdict For Police Misconduct.   A Petersburg jury awarded damages against former Petersburg police officer Brian Lee Billings for Assault, Battery, False Imprisonment and Malicious Prosecution arising out of a traffic stop of 2/12/2015.  The lawsuit alleged that the police officer escalated the situation by opening Ms. Cromartie’s […]

Can I sue for injury or death of my pet dog or cat and can I recover emotional damages?

Posted Posted in General, Litigation, Negligence

Question: Somebody injured or killed by dog or cat, what are the damages a court will award? Short Answer: The market value of the personal property (no emotional damages)     Virginia legislature has classified dogs and cats as personal property and specifically states that the owner of any dog or cat injured or killed […]

1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Employment Law, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press, Litigation

12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER” BY STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT. In a sharply worded opinion issued on 12-15-2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared […]

Summary of the Collateral Source Rule in Virginia – Injured party recovers all damages even if paid by a separate 3rd party insurance contract

Posted Posted in Contract Law, General, Litigation, Negligence, Personal Injury Law

Summary of the Collateral Source Rule in Virginia – Injured party recovers all damages even if paid by a separate third-party insurance contract.   Question: Does the defendant have to pay for all damages resulting from his negligence even if a third party has already paid for the damage or if covered by a separate […]

My down payment was stolen in a email/internet/wire scam before the closing – what can I do?

Posted Posted in Contract Law, General, Litigation

Q:   My down payment was stolen in a email/internet/wire scam before the closing – what can I do? A:   Act quickly!  Notify the FBI, call the fraud division of your bank and the recipient bank, get legal counsel!    The basic scam works like this.  The scammer obtains confidential information related to the […]

“Sex”, Bathrooms and the Rule of Law

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, Due Process, General, Litigation, sexual harassment

4-20-2016 – Attorneys Andrew T. Bodoh and Jonathan M. Arthur of the Virginia civil rights firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. are proud to represent Delegate Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun) in a lawsuit against Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. “Delegate LaRock wants the Attorney General to follow the law and to do his job in […]

Beth Sloan’s Letter re: Religious Liberty in Powhatan – 11/22/1999

Posted Posted in Civil Rights, First Amendment, Freedom of Speech and Press, Litigation, Religious Freedom

Beth’s Letter November 22, 1999   To Whom It May Concern,   I have recently been in the news because of the lawsuit I brought against my principal, Mr. Rick Cole. Many things have been said about Fellowship of Christian Athletes that are not true some of which the media reported. Let me tell what […]