Billboard company files suit in state court - KOTA Territory News

Billboard company files suit in state court

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First, Lamar Advertising takes the city of Rapid City to Federal court. Now, Epic Outdoor Advertising follows suit in state court.

The lawsuit stems from the initiated measures passed by registered voters in the June 2010 municipal election.

In the lawsuit, Epic claims the city violated state and federal laws, statutes it claims were ignored by the mayor and city council.

The case mirrors a suit filed by Lamar Advertising in Federal court, although Epic's claims are broader.

Lamar is seeking compensation in excess of ten million dollars. No monetary amount is listed in the Epic suit.

In a written statement, president of Epic, Brendan Casey said, "It is unfortunate for the taxpayers that the city of Rapid City chooses to continually expose itself to litigation of this magnitude to appease a small group who wants to rid the city of signs. It amounts to the taking of private property without compensation, plain and simple.

City attorney, Joel Landeen said he could not comment at this point.

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