Virginia: Sovereign Immunity – a Lawyer’s Reconsideration

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On January 14, 2010, the brain injury case of Gagnon v. Burns was reconsidered in Circuit Court for Gloucester County, Virginia. Sovereign immunity still was denied the Defendant Assistant Principal.

The Judge reaffirmed his findings that the testimony of Shannon Diaz and other witnesses of Plaintiffs was more persuasive than the testimony of all Defendants; that the act of notifying school security of the reported impending physical attack of Greg Gagnon or otherwise investigating the report of Shannon Diaz omitted by Assistant Principal Burns was a ministerial act; and that the Plaintiffs have made out a sufficient case that Defendant Burns’ act constituted negligence in the non-performance of that ministerial act. The Judge also reaffirmed the admission into evidence of the deposition of a key independent eye witness, Shannon Diaz.

The brain injury case was scheduled for trial by jury on all issues for the week of August 16-20, 2010, at Gloucester Courthouse. Meanwhile the parties resume discovery.