The Docket: Court Roundup for 11.3.11


Edwin L. Shelton v. 7-Eleven Inc.
On Oct. 31, 2009, in the store at 13866 Village Place Drive, Midlothian, plaintiff slipped on a floor that had just been mopped, and suffered injuries, including to his head and brain. Plaintiff seeks $1 million plus costs, pre- and post-judgment interest, and other relief.
Law firm: Thomas H. Roberts
Date: 10/28/2011. CL11-2817
Kurt Pastuszak v. Greater Richmond Transit Company; Old Dominion Transit Management Company; Eldridge Coles
Violation of Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act.
Law firm: Kalbaugh Pfund
Date: 10/20/2011 CL11-2733
Plaintiff, a CPA and acting director of finance for GRTC and Coles, alleges he was terminated in May 2011 in retaliation for his efforts to stop the defendant from knowingly making false statements producing false and misleading material financial records and budgetary statements that would be used to support false claims to the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Richmond for grant funding. Plaintiff seeks judgment of $260,000 plus fees and costs.
Law firm: Thomas H. Roberts


Katheryn Sears v. James F. Whelan, M.D., Kunoor Jain-Spangler, M.D., MCV Associated Physicians, and Commonwealth of Virginia
Plaintiff alleges that on or about Jan. 15-16, 2010, while a patient at Medical College of Virginia/VCU Health Systems, she was negligently diagnosed and treated, including a failure to diagnose and treat a Lisfranc fracture to her left foot, resulting in severe and permanent injuries. Plaintiff seeks $2 million, pre-judgment interest, and costs for damages.
Law firm: William B. Kilduff
Date: 10/20/2011. CL11-4789

Brenda Dodson v. Greater Richmond Convention Center Authority, and Showcase Productions Inc.
Plaintiff, an invitee at Greater Richmond Convention Center, slipped and fell due to a negligent combination of cleaning agents on the floor, causing grievous physical injuries, mental anguish and impairment of general health. Plaintiff seeks $1 million.
Law firm: Kelly B. Martin.
Date: 10/24/2011. CL11-4819


Elizabeth Miller v. Saul Centers Inc.
Plaintiff tripped and fell over an iron rod sticking 5-6 inches out of the pavement in a parking lot at Southside Plaza Shopping Center. Plaintiff seeks $250,000 in compensatory damages, for negligence, and costs and interest from March 26, 2010.
Law firm: John R. Newby
Date: 10/24/2011. CL11-4822

Ernest Tucker v. Kraft Foods Inc.
Action brought under Civil Rights Act of 1863, and alleges that defendant discriminated against plaintiff because of his race by subjecting him to disparate terms and conditions of employment and by wrongfully discharging him. Plaintiff was employed as a non-supervisory laborer at Kraft’s plant in Richmond until his termination on or about Nov. 25, 2007, when plaintiff and another employee engaged in a minor altercation. Plaintiff was fired and contends that two white employees engaged in far more serious conduct with no adverse consequences.
Law firm: James H. Shoemaker Jr., Newport News
Date: 10/25/2011. CL11-4838

Howell’s Motor Freight Inc. v. Environmental Solutions Inc.
Plaintiff transported defendant’s bio solids, ash and compost products to sites in Virginia, and seeks judgment of $468,776.44, plus interest, plus costs of proceedings.
Law firm: W. Joseph Owen III
Date: 10/28/2011. CL11-4930

Asher Gross, infant, by his next friends, Steven M. and Karen L. Gross v. Hamilton Mitchell & Associates Inc.
On or about April 7, 2009, defendant was performing construction services and renovation of the Gross home in Henrico County. Defendant neglected to secure, block, cover or identify an open stairwell, and plaintiff, age 3, fell from the first floor to a concrete floor in the basement, suffering damages including disfigurement. Plaintiff seeks $150,000, recovery of all medical expenses and costs incurred in his treatment in approximate amount of $25,000.
Law firm: Charles A. Gavin
Date: 10/31/2011. CL11-4934

Stephen M. Shepherd v. Patina Garlick, Old Dominion Transit Management Co. and Greater Richmond Transit Co.
Defendant was operating a “CARE Van,” and was hired on Dec. 27, 2009, to transport the plaintiff from his home to his place of worship. Plaintiff alleges his wheelchair was not properly secured, and when the defendant abruptly slammed the brakes, the plaintiff was violently ejected from his seat and suffered severe injuries. Plaintiff seeks judgment of $5 million plus costs.
Law firm: Patrick C. Henry II
Date: 10/31/2010. CL11-4935


Hermine Douglas and Alan M. Douglas v. Briefings Media Group fka BIA DP Holdings and BIA Digital Partnership
Plaintiff seeks damages of $794,213.20 plus accruing interest.
Law firm: W.R. Baldwin III
Date: 10/28/2011. CL11-3133

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Drew S.
Drew S.
9 years ago

What a gold digger. Guess it beats working. Can’t believe in this day & age, this sort of old school extortion still makes it to the courts. Of course, we all end up paying higher prices to cover the retailers extra cost of doing business. Thanks.