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Lester v Allied Concrete CL08-150 090111

Lester v Allied Concrete CL08-150 090111

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VIRGINIA:INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHECITYOFCHARLOTTESVILLEISAIAHLESTER,Administrator
of
theEstate
of
JessicaLynnScottLester,deceasedPlaintiff,v.ALLIEDCONCRETECOMPANYandWILLIAMDONALDSPROUSE,Defendants.andISAIAHLESTER,Plaintiff,
v.
ALLIEDCONCRETECOMPANYandWILLIAMDONALDSPROUSEDefendants.
ORDER
CaseNo.
C L . 0 8 ~ 1 5 0
CaseNo.CL09-223
On
the27thday
of
May,2011,cametheparties,IsaiahLester("Lester"),Administrator
of
theEstate
of
Jessica
Lynn
ScottLester,byhiscounsel,MalcolmP.McConnell,Ill,Esq.("McConnell"),andDefendantsAlliedConcreteCompany("Allied")
and
WilliamDonaldSprouse,
by
theircounsel,DavidM.Tafuri,Esq.("Tafuri"),Rory
E.
Adams,Esq.,JohnW.Zunka,Esq.,Richard
H.
Milnor,Esq.andJohnM.Roche,Esq.andcamethebeneficiaries,GaryC.Scott
and
JeannineScott,bytheircounsel,Joseph
A.
Sanzone,andcameMatthewB.Murray,Esq.("Murray")byhiscounsel,ThomasWilliamson,Esq.andMarlinaSmith("Smith")byhercounsel,M.BryanSlaughter,Esq.andMalcolmP.McConnell,Ill,Esq.
,,,;
1
 
("McConnell")byhiscounsel,RobertT.Hall,Esq.forahearinguponDefendants'Post-TrialMotions,includingMotionsforSanctionsagainstMatthewB.MurrayaridIsaiahLester,andDefendants'Post-TrialMotionforMistrialforNewlyDiscoveredJurorBias.Aftercarefulreview
of
therecordinthiscase,including,butnotlimitedto,deposition,trialandhearingtranscriptsandaccompanyingexhibits,legalmemorandaandargumentsofcounsel,theCourtherebyrendersthefollowingfindingsandconclusions:
ProceduralBackground
1.Thesecivilactions,seekingmonetarydamagesforpersonalinjuriesandwrongfuldeathfromanaccidentwhichoccurredonJune21,2007,wereconsolidatedfortrialinthisCourtbyvirtue
of
anOrderdatedAugust3,2009.2.PlaintiffLesterallegesthattheDefendants,AlliedandSprouse,werenegligentincausinganaccidentwhichresultedinthedeathofJessicaLynnScottLester,Lester'swife,andwhichcausedinjurytohimself.3.LesterfiledsuitasAdministratorandbeneficiaryofhiswife'sestate,aswellasonhisownbehalfforinjuriessufferedintheaccident
of
June21,2007,andhasnamedasadditionalstatutorybeneficiariestheparentsofJessicaScottLester,GaryC.ScottandJeannineScott.4.Soonafterthecaseswereconsolidated,disputesoverdiscovery-relatedissuesanddisagreementsbetweencounselintensified,resultingintheCourtgrantingDefendants'initialMotionforContinuance.Asthesecondtrialdateapproached,DefendantsfiledaSecondMotionforContinuance,premisedinpartonPlaintiffsfailuretodisclosethecontentsofLester'sFacebookaccount.Inahearingon2
 
March3,2009,relatingtothatmotion,MurrayaccusedTafuri,co-counselforDefendants,
of
"hacking"intoLester'sFacebookaccount.5.DenyingMurray'saccusationsregardinghacking,DefendantsfiledaMotionforSanctionsagainstMurrayunderVirginiaCodeSection8.01-271.1andRule4:1(g)
of
theRules
of
theSupremeCourt
of
Virginia.6.AssertingthatMurrayhadnotcompliedwithcertaindiscoveryrequests,specificallyRequest
No.1
0
of
Defendants'FourthInterrogatoryandRequestsforProduction
of
Documents,whichsoughtthecontents
of
Lester'sFacebookaccount,DefendantsfiledaMotiontoCompelPlaintiffstofileacompleteresponse.7.FollowingaMay14,2009
ore
tenus
hearing,theCourtenteredanOrderonJune28,2010,inwhichtheCourtfoundthat"[r]easonab1einquirybyPlaintiff'scounsel[Murray]wouldhaverevealedthattherewasnoreasonablegroundforsuchchargesbasedon
the
factsavailabletohim,"andthatsuchunfoundedaccusationsviolatedVirginiaCodeSection8.01-271.1aswellasRule4:1(g)
of
theRules
of
theSupremeCourtofVirginia.Murraywasorderedtopayreasonablecostsandattorneys'feesassociatedwithdefendingthegroundlessaccusationsandprosecutingthemotionforsanctions,thetotalsumtobedeterminedatalaterdate.'8.DiscoveryprogresseduntilAugust18,2010,whenDefendantsfiledaMotionforSanctionsforPlaintiffsSpoliation
of
Evidence,allegingdeliberatedestruction
of
I
ThissanctionwillbeheardwithrespecttocostsandfeesduealongwithremainingissuestoberesolvedatthehearingonSeptember23,2011.
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