Newspaper Sues Law Firm For Legal Costs In Records Dispute

A newspaper has sued the law firm that represented the Town of Kitty Hawk in a public records dispute.

A Dare County judge ordered the town in June to pay the Outer Banks Sentinel $75,000 to cover legal costs it accumulated in the three-year battle. But the newspaper says it needs about another $50,000 from Norfolk, Virginia-based Vandeventer Black along with current and former attorneys to cover all its costs.

Superior Court Judge Richard Parker said in June the town's attorneys used "totally unwarranted" tactics in defending the case.

A spokesman for the law firm says the newspaper already has been awarded reasonable attorney fees.

The Sentinel first sued in 2004 after town officials refused to release billing records of the town's contract attorney in 2003 and 2004.

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