Justices to consider attorney fees arguments in Ohio River-area billboard dispute 

Parties disputing an award of attorney fees in a dispute over a billboard installation near the Ohio River will have the chance to state their case before members of the Indiana Supreme Court this week.

In River Ridge Dev. Auth. v. Outfront Media, LLC, et al., 19S-PL-00645, the River Ridge Development Authority sued multiple defendants, including Outfront Media, challenging the placement of billboards near its business park located near the Ohio River and State Road 265.

After State Road 265 was designated as a scenic byway, prohibiting the construction of future billboards, River Ridge voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit. Outfront Media filed motions to recover attorney fees, alleging River Ridge brought or continued to litigate groundless claims and litigated in bad faith. In total, the opposing parties collectively sought $237,440 in attorney fees from River Ridge.

The Clark Circuit Court granted the motions, but the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the defendants were not entitled to attorney fees.

Justices have granted transfer in the case, which will be heard at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Supreme Court courtroom at the Indiana Statehouse.

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