On September 2nd, 2021, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that Governor Ralph Northam’s order to have the General Robert Edward Lee Monument would stand. The plaintiffs, represented by former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat McSweeney, claimed that the original covenant superseded any order for the removal of the General Lee Monument. This lawsuit originally began when a decendant of General Lee filed suit. When the family member dropped out of the case, give additional property owners were added. To date, there is a possibility of this case being appealed to the United States Supreme Court.