PURCELLVILLE, Va. August 12, 2020 — On May 22, 2020, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the case of Fraley v. Town of Purcellville, et al., finding that the lawsuit was without merit and failed to state any claims under Virginia or Federal law. Mr. Fraley, a former police officer for the Town of Purcellville, had sued numerous defendants, including the Town, relating to his former employment. The federal court’s dismissal was without prejudice, meaning that Mr. Fraley had a right to amend his lawsuit within thirty days. Within that period, Mr. Fraley filed a Second Amended Complaint in the federal court. The Town of Purcellville and the other defendants again moved to dismiss all of the claims as unfounded and improper. On August 3, 2020, Mr. Fraley voluntarily dismissed his federal court lawsuit against the Town of Purcellville and other defendants.
The next day, on August 4, 2020, Mr. Fraley re-filed a lawsuit against the Town and other defendants in the Loudoun County Circuit Court. The new lawsuit does not contain any federal law claims. The Town denies Mr. Fraley’s allegations and will vigorously defend this new lawsuit.