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October 27, 2014 – Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. and Hull Street Law are hosting a one-day seminar entitled “Advancing Civil Rights in Virginia” at the Richmond Hilton Garden on October 27, 2014. For Information Click Here!
September 23, 2014 – Another civil rights victory! Attorneys Tom Roberts and Andrew Bodoh with the Virginia civil rights law firm Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. obtained the reversal and remand of the criminal conviction of controversial figure Emmanuel Artis on the charge of trespass in the City of Petersburg, where he was arrested by an officer when he went to the police station to file a report against the officer. The Court of Appeals ruled that the Petersburg Circuit Court erred by refusing the video tape of an earlier confrontation between Artis and police officers and by failing to let the jury determine whether Artis was on a public thoroughfare, which would preclude a charge of trespass under Virginia Code 18.2-119.
July 23, 2014 – Attorney Andrew T. Bodoh was nominated as one of Virginia’s Leaders in the Law. Andrew Bodoh has continued the long tradition of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. in championing civil rights in Virginia. Three of his recent cases were decided by the Virginia Supreme Court in 2013. He has become an expert on FOIA rights providing citizens access to information from their government, with a growing list of successes in FOIA matters, including the victory in James City County in obtaining information from the police department, which was affirmed in part by the Virginia Supreme Court in Harmon v. Ewing, 285 Va 335 (2013). In Smith v. Commonwealth, 286 Va 52 (2013), Andrew Bodoh obtained from the Virginia Supreme Court confirmation that vested contractual rights qualify as private property that may not be taken without just compensation, expanding constitutional claims that have traditionally been recognized by many to apply only to land takings. In Moore v. Ahnstrom, Richmond Circuit CL10-5385-6 (2013), he obtained with civil rights attorney Tom Roberts a jury verdict of $250,000 for a Richmond police officer who alleged that while off-duty he was unlawfully stopped, falsely detained and battered all in violation of the Virginia Constitution. Andrew Bodoh obtained the reversal of the dismissal of a $25 Million suit against employees and officials of the Prince William Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center for an alleged violent assault of a prisoner, reaffirming that employees may be held liable for committing intentional torts both within and without the scope of their duties, and that state employees who act wantonly or in a culpable or grossly negligent manner are not protected by sovereign immunity–that government employees who act beyond the scope of their employment, who exceed their authority and discretion or act individually are not protected. Wagner v Land, Record No 121869, unpublished (2013). Attorney Andrew T. Bodoh helped a Virginia nonprofit secure its rights under business-owners’ insurance policy, including its right to indemnification for defending an $85 Million lawsuit in Mississippi Federal Court, by successfully defending the nonprofit from the federal claims brought by State Farm which filed suit attempting to escape its obligation to defend its insured in an $85 Million lawsuit. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Franklin Ctr., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 47051 (E.D. Va. Apr. 4, 2014)
August 22, 2013 – HULL STREET LAW does not herald the results of each and every case, however, when it is able to obtain a great result for a deserving or sympathetic person, it’s worth mentioning. Today, the firm negotiated and obtained an amended charge of defective equipment in violation of § 46.2-1080 in lieu of the original reckless driving charge for speeding 84 mph in a 65 mph zone in violation of § 46.2-862, for a young lady who left her home to live and care for her aging grandparents while completing her final year of high school. Facing potential penalties under the reckless driving charge of up to 12 months of jail time, suspension of driving privileges, and a fine of up to $2,500.00 and six demerit points on her Virginia driver’s license, the result placed a smile upon her face.
August 20, 2013 – HULL STREET LAW successfully defended several suits filed by a Chesterfield HOA seeking alleged past due fees and assessments against 8 residents of the neighborhood. The HOA dropped its actions against the 8 residents who obtained legal representation from lawyers at HULL STREET LAW, but took judgments against most of the remaining 30 defendants not represented by the law firm. HULL STREET LAW examined the complex body of law governing HOA’s and determined that the HOA was improperly formed and did not have the authority to assess the fees sought in the law suit. (read more…)
June 6, 2013 – Law firm successfully obtained landmark ruling from the Virginia Supreme Court that extends the recognition from the Virginia Court that the “no taking without compensation clause” is not restricted to real estate. Smith v Commonwealth, (2013)(Smith is correct that vested contractual rights qualify as private property that may not be taken without just compensation. See Lynch v. United States, 292 U.S. 571, 579 (1934)).
December 17, 2012 –Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of Smith who entered into a contract with the State, a plea bargain in a sex offense case, which the State subsequently breached attempting to unilaterally modify the terms. While it is not popular to represent sex offenders, the law firm believes that all citizens are entitled to due process, the benefit and protection of the law.