Engineering Expert Witnesses & Eminent Domain Case

The writes: It should have been a simple eminent domain case. The city of Lakeland, FL, pays two residents for property it needed for townhouses and condominiums. Instead, the case has dragged on for nearly five years, cost the city $168,000 in lawyer’s fees and led to major problems for two holdouts. At issue in August was who would pay the fees for engineering expert witnesses and land planners. Mark Miller, the lawyer for the city, agreed to pay for the three witnesses used before the attempt to settle in 2007.

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