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When SolAVerde's attorney spoke to the media about his client's defamation claims
against the Town of Front Royal and certain councilmen, he sounded pretty
confident. The court, however, disagreed with his arguments and dismissed the
Town from the lawsuit, finding it to be immune. The court also dismissed the defamation
claims against the other defendants, but left the door open for SolAVerde,
a Virginia solar energy company, to amend its claims against them.
The Complaint alleged that the defendants, in effect,
accused the owners of SolAVerde of offering a bribe to public officials in
connection with the bidding on a contract for a solar energy processing and
production facility. According to plaintiff, a member of the Front Royal town
council, whom they were unable to identify specifically, leaked a memorandum to
the news media that raised the question of whether certain proposed monetary
incentives were actually bribes. The plaintiffs sought $30 million in
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