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Stanfield Utilities Lawsuit Getting Even More Expensive

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The city of Stanfield has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in legal fees stemming from a dispute over less than $10,000. The city of Stanfield has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in legal fees stemming from a dispute over less than $10,000.

STANFIELD, OR - A $9,500 dispute is costing an Eastern Oregon city more than eight times that amount.

The city of Stanfield has agreed to pay more than $80,000 in legal fees stemming from a dispute over less than $10,000.
    
The saga began when Arturo and Maria Carrillo filed a lawsuit claiming the city overcharged them for water and sewer services during a six-year span. A court found the city at fault and ordered it to pay the Carrillos more than $9,500 in restitution.
    
Then the sides then disagreed about legal fees. Following a judgment by the appeals court, the council voted this week to reimburse the Carrillos $83,500.
    
City manager Blair Larsen says he didn't have the job when the appeals process started. He says the city followed "bad legal advice."
    
Besides agreeing to pay the fees, the council voted to look into switching attorneys.

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