Dinning and Pure Africa, LLC versus Danny Murrill et al. – Suffolk Circuit Court, Suffolk, Virginia

On February 22, 2012, Brian R. Dinning, an attorney, and Pure Africa, LLC filed a Civil RICO action against ten individuals alleging “a pattern of racketeering activity across State lines, and a conspiracy to engage in racketeering activity involving numerous RICO predicate acts during the past ten (10) calendar years.”

According to the Complaint filed in the Suffolk Circuit Court in Suffolk, Virginia, there are allegations substantiated by exhibits of a “negative press campaign” by Dr. W. Granville Batte of Virginia Beach, Virginia and others and allegations of threats, threats of bodily harm, harassment and threats of murder for hire against Dinning.  Several of the exhibits (including an Emergency Protective Order) allege threats and harassment against Dinning and others by Dr. Allan E. Stiner of Norfolk, Virginia.

Dinning and Pure Africa allege that “The predicate acts conducted by Defendants include murder-for-hire, extortion, conspiracy, fraud, intentional interference with commerce with threats or violence, obstruction of justice and violation of state laws related to the above.”

According to Dinning and Pure Africa in the Complaint, “The primary objective of the racketeering enterprise has been to take away projects, business, money, business contractual relationships and commerce from Dinning and Pure Africa and to inflict severe and sustained economic hardship upon Dinning, with the intent of causing his death, impairing, damaging, interfering with and/or obstructing his business and business relationships.”

According to the Complaint, “These predicate acts and the racketeering enterprise by Defendants have been the direct and proximate cause of damages against Dinning, Pure Africa and others totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.”

According to the Complaint, “Defendants did conspire and act together in a coordinated manner in the commission of the predicate acts enumerated above in a coordinated enterprise to take away projects, business, money, business contractual relationships and commerce from Dinning, Pure Africa and others and to cause and to inflict severe and sustained economic hardship upon Dinning, with the intent of causing his death, impairing, damaging, interfering with and/or obstructing his business and business relationships.”

According to the Complaint, the defendants include:  Danny Murrill, Debra Murrill, Jason Christopher Roper (recently suspended for three years from the practice of law for not being candid to a tribunal and filing not meritorious claims and actions and general misconduct), George Bowles, Esquire, Dr. Allan E. Stiner, Maureen “Mo” Stiner, Gerhardus Bosman, Jeff Brown, Steve Geller and Dr. W. Granville Batte.

The case also includes state law claims of intentional interference with business relationships, defamation, libel, slander and Statutory Business Conspiracy under Va. Code Section 18.2-500.

With 56 exhibits attached to the Complaint including some documentary evidence to substantiate the RICO and other claims by Dinning and Pure Africa, it certainly is a page turner.

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4 responses to “Dinning and Pure Africa, LLC versus Danny Murrill et al. – Suffolk Circuit Court, Suffolk, Virginia

  1. jerry

    As someone who was harassed by Dr. Allan Stiner of Norfolk, Virginia, I can tell you that he is not a stable person mentally or emotionally.

  2. Granville Batte “Aggressive “bad press” Campaign” against Dinning
    This is another Exhibit to the Civil RICO Complaint by Dinning and Pure Africa against Granville Batte et al. This is a letter from Batte to another Defendant Geller organizing and orchestrating an “Aggressive “bad press” Campaign” against Dinning and the Pure Africa projects.

    Having “an ax to grind” perhaps is what caused Batte to launch a campaign of libel, slander, defamation, intentional interference and statutory business conspiracy involving the other named Defendants against Dinning and Pure Africa and also predicate acts supporting the Civil RICO claims according to the Complaint.

  3. In the Dinning and Pure Africa versus Suspended Attorney Jason Roper et al, the following information is indicated to support the plaintiffs’ claims including the RICO predicate acts:
    Attorney Jason C. Roper of Virginia and Pennsylvania, currently with the law firm of Blumling & Gusky of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and allegedly terminated from his employment at McKenry, Dancigers Dawson & Lake, PC in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was recently suspended from the practice of law in Virginia (and likely in Pennsylvania by reciprocity) as a result of three bar complaints. One of the three bar complaints to the Virginia State Bar for Jason C. Roper’s “misconduct” was to address his “misconduct” toward Mr. Dinning in the Danny and Debra Murrill case (currently noticed for appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court). Danny and Debra Murrill and Jason C. Roper are also Defendants in the Dinning and Pure Africa RICO case.
    Based upon those three bar complaints for misconduct, Jason C. Roper (the Murrill’s legal counsel) was suspended for three years for misconduct including “candor toward the tribunal” and failure to state “meritorious claims and contentions.”
    For a summary of Jason C. Roper’s disciplinary action, visit http://www.vsb.org for the following:

    “February 28, 2012

    Jason Christopher Roper, 702 Lakeview Court, Mars, PA 16046

    VSB Docket Nos. 09-021-080040, 10-021-080199, 10-021-080602

    On February 17, 2012, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended Jason Christopher Roper’s license to practice law for three years for violating rules governing candor toward the tribunal; fairness to opposing party or counsel; respect for rights of third persons; confidentiality of information; conflict of interest: general rule; conflict of interest: former client; declining or terminating representation; meritorious claims and contentions; communication with persons represented by counsel; bar admission and disciplinary matters; and misconduct.”
    Finally, the Virginia State Bar (an agency of the Virginia Supreme Court) notes that: “*On February 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of Virginia denied a stay of the suspension pending the appeal.” Translated, that means the suspension of Jason C. Roper was upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court and was not delayed by any attempts to appeal the misconduct and disciplinary action against Jason C. Roper.
    The plot thickens on this one. According to the Complaint, attorneys Jason C. Roper and George Bowles are also the legal counsel of some of the various Defendants. Furthermore, the Complaint alleges that the two attorneys actively interfered with the contractual rights and business interests of Dinning and Pure Africa.
    Allegedly the two attorneys practiced together in the past and are friends and that through this relationship, the two attorneys shared private and/or confidential and/or sealed information between cases including information allegedly under a court protective order or protected under HIPPA or state or federal laws.
    One begins to wonder how much money these two attorneys have made from the coordinated representation of the Defendants (or perhaps “misrepresentation” based upon the disciplinary action against Jason C. Roper for “candor toward the tribunal (the court)” and “meritorious claims and contentions”) against Dinning and others.

  4. This is an attached exhibit to the Civil RICO Complaint of Brian R. Dinning against Dr. Allan Stiner et al. This is a copy of an Emergency Protective Order issued by a magistrate in Norfolk, Virginia documenting the alleged threats by Dr. Allan Stiner against Dinning and his family as described in the RICO Complaint.

    Click on the attached link below to view the Exhibit:

    EPO DINNING VS STINER

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