[This story has been updated: Town, council members served.]
By Dan McDermott
Warren County Report
FRONT ROYAL, Va. — July 19, 2010 — Three members of Front Royal Town Council and the Town Attorney will be served legal documents in a $30 million lawsuit following tonight’s 7pm council work session in Town Hall, according to Manassas attorney David W. Silek.
Silek is representing SolAVerde, LLC, Donald F. Poe of Warren County and Gregory A. Horton of Strasburg, Va. who allege they were defamed and their business relationships were interfered with.
Council members Chris W. Holloway, Thomas H. Sayre and Carson Lauder are named in the suit individually. The suit seeks $30 million in actual damages to be divided up amongst the defendants and $350,000 from each of them in punitive damages.
Robinett was also sent a letter informing him that he will be called as a witness in the case and informed that he will most likely be deposed. This means he cannot represent the town or any of the defendants in the matter. This move was expected since he is named repeatedly in the lawsuit. It is anticipated that the town and the individual council members will be represented by either the Virginia Municipal League or private council.