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Judge Dismisses Two De La Fuente Lawsuits

A San Diego Superior Court judge dismissed two lawsuits Nov. 16 filed against the city of San Diego by entities controlled by developer/car dealer Roque De La Fuente as part of his long-term litigation involving an industrial park in Otay Mesa.

The latest suits derive from a 2001 Superior Court jury judgment for $94.5 million that was overturned by a state appellate panel in 2006.

In the latest rulings, Judge Linda Quinn said the plaintiffs failed to file proper government claims against the city, which are required before filing lawsuits.

The U.S. Supreme Court this year declined to hear the same case, and review the ruling last year by the Fourth District Court of Appeal that overturned the original San Diego Superior Court judgment. The total damages in the case had reached more than $100 million because of interest, fees and court costs.

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De La Fuente sued the city in 1995, alleging his Border Business Park was damaged when the city rerouted truck traffic near the Otay Mesa border crossing through his park. The suit also alleged damages based on the city’s attempts to create a binational airport with the city of Tijuana called Twin Ports.

, Mike Allen

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