Justices agree to hear Ohio River billboard dispute

The Indiana Supreme Court has granted transfer to a case involving an economic development group’s suit against a southern Indiana town over its plans to allow billboards near an Ohio River bridge.

Members of the high court unanimously agreed to hear argument in River Ridge Development Authority v. Outfront Media, LLC, et al, 19S-PL-645. In that case, the River Ridge Development Authority filed a lawsuit requesting that work on the billboards be halted to protect a scenic corridor along Interstate 265.

The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed an order of the Clark Circuit Court in July requiring River Ridge to pay a total of $237,440 in attorney fees to opposing parties. The appellate panel held that the trial court’s findings of fact were clearly erroneous, therefore nullifying its conclusions of law that River Ridge owed any attorney fees.

Justices declined to hear 14 other cases.

A full list of transfer decisions for the week ending Dec. 6 can be found here.

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