A federal judge is handing down thousands of dollars in penalties on some people and groups that took part in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in 2017, because they are still not cooperating with evidence discovery in a civil lawsuit.
Vanguard America, Elliott Kline, and Matthew Heimbach must now pay a combined $41,300 in attorney fees to the plaintiffs legal team for disobeying court orders. Kline will pay $12,528.33, Heimbach will pay $12,528.33, and Vanguard America will pay $16,243.33.
The judge’s opinion handed down Tuesday, May 26, in the Sines V. Kessler case said the defendants consistently ignore orders.
The so-called "victims of the violence", which broke out during the White Nationalist march on University of Virginia grounds on August 11th and around a downtown Charlottesville park, filed this suit against those they say "coordinated to cause chaos and violence".
It was the first federal civil lawsuit filed following the 2017 events and accuses the defendants of "conspiracy and negligence".
Trial is scheduled for October 2020.