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Law firm removed from Johnson ABC lawsuit

Change will not delay start date of trial

Attorney John Davis and the Williams Mullen law firm have been removed from fourth-year College student Martese Johnson’s case against the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.

The order to have the firm removed from the case was granted March 28 by Judge Glen Conrad, a chief judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville.

According to the motion, the agreement to have Davis and the Williams Mullen law firm removed was reached by mutual consent. The motion also states that this will cause no delay in the trial.

Johnson will continue to have the law firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips and attorneys Benjamin Chew, Diana Eisner and Joshua Drian as the attorney of record on his case. The firm was the original lead counsel in the case.

Johnson is suing the three ABC agents involved in his March 2015 arrest, ABC director Shawn Walker and the ABC department for $3 million.

The civil lawsuit was filed Oct. 20, 2015 including seven counts: false arrest, excessive force, failure to train or supervise, negligence, assault and battery.

The five-day jury trial will begin Oct. 3 in U.S. district court.

Davis, Chew, Eisner and Drian did not respond to request for comment.

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