Friday, March 2, 2007

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority ordered to pay attorneys' fees

Two years ago, Norfolk Circuit Court determined that the Norfolk Revedevelopment and House Authority "exceeded its powers" in a condemnation action. The Authority appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court, and lost. In phase 2 of the battle, for eight months, the Authority has fought the amount of attorneys' fees claimed by the prevailing side, represented by Waldo & Lyle. Norfolk Circuit Court Judge John C. Morrison Jr. ordered the Authority to pay $292,928 to the property owner for its attorneys' fees and costs. This amount is in addition to the amount paid by the Authority for its attorneys' fees: almost $400,000. That's almost $700,000 for property the Authority attempted to buy for $560,000.