Boulder City "disappointed" at SLAPP ruling

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Updated: 1/29/2014 6:41 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Boulder City's city attorney says he's disappointed at a Nevada Supreme Court ruling that the city must pay attorney fees and costs for six people who argued they were wrongly sued for circulating initiative petitions.

The attorney for the six says the city could be on the hook for more than $100,000. They claimed they were targeted for so-called strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP, lawsuits.

City attorney David Olsen said he was frustrated that a focus on the SLAPP issue prevented the airing of what he said were important questions about municipal authority to buy and sell land, enter contracts and incur debt.

Olsen said he would meet with the City Council to determine the city's next step.

The cases stemmed from grassroots petitions to cap city debt and place other limits on city officials.

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