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Bartow, FL

Bartow, FL: (Jul-01-07) Two Bartow lawyers Neal O'Toole and Richard McKinley brought a lawsuit against the city in 2005, after officials condemned their century-old building in downtown Bartow. O'Toole owns the Philips building at 330 E. Main St. In a settlement reached, the city agreed to settle the lawsuit with a $150,000 payout. The city could have settled the lawsuit last year for $65,000, but the then city attorney claimed that the settlement proposal did not release the contractor on the project, David Nelson Construction Co. and that claims against Nelson could come back on the city. Of the $150,000, the city's liability insurance will cover $30,000 and the remaining $120,000 will come out of the city's budget. The city also has paid out an estimated $50,000 in legal fees. [THE LEDGER: BUILDING DISPUTE]

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Published on Jul-3-07


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