- Associated Press - Sunday, September 7, 2014

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The City of Missoula’s legal expenses are running ahead of projections in its quest to take over Mountain Water Co.

The city is suing the Carlyle Group, a global equity firm that owns the company, to take it over under eminent domain. Trial is set for March 2015.

The Missoulian reports (https://bit.ly/1qsTBfk ) that Mayor John Engen had estimated this spring that the city would pay $400,000 in legal fees for both the city and the company. Missoula had planned to spend a total of $4.24 million on the condemnation.

But Engen says the city already has paid nearly $400,000 in legal claims and says he’s recalculating the projected total legal expenses. He says the expenses are mounting fast because the Carlyle Group is putting up a vigorous fight.

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Information from: Missoulian, https://www.missoulian.com

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