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Local Government Law

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Survey Article


"My city was desirous of suing the county for violating the city's zoning ordinance .... As City Attorney, I was requested to research the matter and give an opinion to the Mayor and Council .... After giving my opinion that a suit against the county would be contrary to law and might subject the city (and its lawyer) to attorney's fees, the [Mlayor and [Clouncil voted unanimously to sue the county. The local newspaper's headlines read, 'City Votes Unanimously To Sue County Against Advice of City Attorney!' One of the Council members was quoted as saying, 'regardless of the law, we have an obligation to sue.'"

In local government law, the "obligation to sue" continues apace.