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City Gets Attorney’s Fees in de la Fuente Dispute

The city of San Diego will recover a combined $1.26 million in attorney’s fees from two lawsuits filed by South Bay developer Roque de la Fuente II which were dismissed last year.

A Superior Court Judge ruled April 4 that the city is entitled to the awards.

The latest judgment derives from a 2001 Superior Court jury judgment for $94.5 million that was overturned by a state appellate panel in 2006. In November, Superior Court Judge Linda Quinn dismissed two lawsuits filed against the city by companies associated with developer de la Fuente alleging breach of contract and taking of property from his Otay Mesa Business Park.

De la Fuente had claimed that the city’s attempts to plan a binational “twin port” airport partially on his land and reroute border truck traffic through his Border Business Park drove down the value of the land.

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, Heather Chambers

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