Case Study

McGuireWoods obtains dismissal for homeless services organization

February 18, 2010

McGuireWoods recently obtained a favorable decision from the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia recommending that a case filed against its client, Homeward, be dismissed. The case was filed by the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society on behalf of a citizens group against Virginia, the City of Richmond, and Homeward—a planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region.

The plaintiffs claimed the parties conspired to remove homeless and disabled people from downtown Richmond. McGuireWoods represented Homeward on a pro bono basis. Magistrate Judge Hannah Lauck agreed with the defendants' arguments that the claims were time barred and the plaintiffs failed to come forward with any evidence showing a conspiracy. She recommended the case be dismissed. Homeward Executive Director Kelly King Horne wrote that the McGuireWoods attorneys "demonstrated a high level of professionalism and dedication in their work on Homeward's behalf, and in their dealings with the plaintiffs and the other defendants in the suit."