02 September 2014
Fluvanna County has spent over half a million dollars in legal fees in the Davenport lawsuit, and could be required to pay another million in Davenport attorneys’ fees if it loses the suit.
Davenport’s attorneys plan to ask that Fluvanna be held responsible for legal fees incurred by Davenport in its defense if the county loses the case. Attorney Joe Reid of McGuire Woods, the firm representing Davenport, confirmed that those fees stood at $1.6 million.
Reid said, “Davenport continues to believe that this case was wrongly filed against it and as we have said in court we are asking for reimbursement of our legal fees …the county has asked for disclosure of the amount of those fees and Davenport is going to provide it. The defense costs to date exceed a million dollars, and they continue to grow.”
Davenport released a statement saying: “As it has all along, Davenport stands by the advice it gave the county in connection with the financing of the new high school for Fluvanna, and remains proud to have played a role in bringing this project to completion as the Board of Supervisors directed in 2008. As stated in court, we believe this lawsuit by a later Board of Supervisors was baseless from the outset and will continue to seek its dismissal, along with a reimbursement of Davenport’s costs to defend itself, which to date are in excess of $1.6 million.”