In Kondaurov v. Kerdasha, the Virginia Supreme Court in an opinion by Senior Justice Russell reversed the $300,000 verdict for the plaintiff, where it appeared the verdict may have been based in part on her emotional distress caused by the brief disappearance of her dog, Sushi.
In footnote 2, the Court noted:
"Sushi attended the trial. Plaintiff’s counsel represented that she was a 'service dog' as defined in Code § 51.5-44(E), and that the plaintiff relied on her for assistance. The court entered an order, to which the defense agreed, permitting her to accompany the plaintiff on condition that there would be 'no growling or hostility toward the defense counsel.'"