Abducted Chesterfield man was supposed to go to trial

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Chesterfield man recently abducted from a gas station in Chesterfield and found dead in Richmond was the plaintiff in a civil lawsuit expected to go to trial this week.

According to court documents, Paresh Patel, 44, had sued Hershey Creamery Co. and two employees of the company.

Patel had owned the Hershey's Ice Cream stand in Chesterfield Towne Center.

The complaint claims that the Hershey employees caused Patel's lease to be terminated in the Center's food court and took over the spot to sell ice cream themselves.

The paper reports that the lawsuit had been seeking $350,000 in punitive damages and at least $500,000 for lost profits and damaged inventory and supplies.

The jury trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday but it has since been continued to February.

Patel was found dead Thursday near the James River in Richmond. There have been no reports nor accusations that this case has anything to do with Patel's death.

NBC12 went by the defendants' homes but no one answered. No search warrants have been filed for either defendant.

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