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McFADDEN, EVANS & SILL ISSUES STATEMENT ON APPEALS COURT RULING

 McFADDEN, EVANS & SILL ISSUES STATEMENT ON APPEALS COURT RULING
 RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by Washington D.C. law firm McFadden, Evans & Sill:
 On Friday, November 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va., affirmed a May, 1990, Alexandria jury verdict which found that a Centerville man had been racially harassed while attending a skating rink in Fauquier County.
 James H. Johnson, who is black, sued Hugo's Skating Rink, located in Fauquier County, for damages arising out of his attendance at the rink in Bealeton, Va., February 1989. Johnson proved at trial that he had been intimidated and harassed on account of his race while attending the rink with several of his friends, all of whom were white. After an altercation with a Fauquier County deputy sheriff who had been summoned to the rink by its owners, Johnson was physically abused, arrested and jailed overnight without bond.
 In affirming the jury verdict, the Court of Appeals held that substantial evidence of racial intimidation and harassment was presented, and that the admission into evidence of a prior U.S. consent decree prohibiting discriminating conduct by Hugo's did not unduly prejudice Hugo's.
 Douglas B. McFadden, of the Washington law firm McFadden, Evans & Sill, who represented Johnson, expressed satisfaction with the Court's decision and said, "It will have a significant impact on civil rights law in Virginia." This is the first major decision under a recent Virginia statute deeming racially motivated intimidation and harassment unlawful. The Court did remand the case to the federal district court in Alexandria for further consideration of the jury's award of $175,000 in punitive damages to determine if that award is constitutional in light of recent Supreme Court rulings.
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