Judge says “No!” to Chatham Park’s Money Grab
Chatham Park developers failed in an apparent attempt to intimidate Pittsboro Matters just as we were preparing to file our third lawsuit. We prevailed, thanks to our attorney Robert Hornik.
Believe it or not, the well-heeled Chatham Park Investors went to Superior Court September 28 to try to force our nonprofit, Pittsboro Matters, to pay $59,000 for the developers’ legal fees, stemming from a day in court last spring. CPI’s latest motion came more than four months after Pittsboro Matters had tried unsuccessfully to gain a court injunction to block further bulldozing for the construction of a bridge over the US 64 Bypass.
The developers waited until September to challenge the validity of our injunction request and to seek legal fees. The September hearing was held exactly two weeks before the deadline for Pittsboro Matters to file our new lawsuit challenging the third Chatham Park Master Plan and rezoning.
We filed the new lawsuit on October 8, the same day Judge Paul Ridgeway denied CPI’s motion seeking the sanctions and legal fees. In his decision, the judge found that Pittsboro Matters’ earlier motion in April was “well grounded in fact and warranted by existing law.”
Hence we face no sanctions or Chatham Park legal fees. Here’s what we told the press after we got the great news this week: “We will not be intimidated and will continue to aggressively press legitimate claims in court. This includes possibly filing additional temporary injunction motions to stop Chatham Park Investors from undertaking any additional construction of roads or commercial or residential small area plans or subdivisions before our lawsuit has been decided or settled.
“Of course, we are more than willing at any time to sit down with the Town of Pittsboro and the developers to resolve Chatham Park’s deficiencies and work openly with all stakeholders to strengthen and protect Pittsboro as it develops.”