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County of Orange v. Barratt Am., G035627

Order requiring defendant-county to lower fees for building inspections and construction plan checks based on a surplus of fee revenues is affirmed over claims that: 1) the trial court misconstrued Government Code section 54985 as incorporating a reasonableness standard from the federal Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87; 2) the record demonstrated all defendant's expenditures were reasonable and necessary; 3) attorney's fees were unwarranted as the litigation result did not confer a significant benefit on the general public and merely served plaintiffs' pecuniary interest; and 4) the trial court erred in its construction of Government Code section 66016(a).

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/30/2007
  • Published 05/01/2007



  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Law Offices of Walter P. McNeill and Walter P. McNeill, Redding, for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Best Best & Krieger, Jeffrey V. Dunn and Marc S. Ehrlich, Irvine, for Defendants and Appellants.
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