Chillicothe Council got news of action in the landlord lawsuit.
City law director Sherri Rutherford handed out the 19-page decision by a federal court, on the lawsuit against the city by landlords who felt it was unfair to ask them to pay the past-due water bills of their tenants.
Rutherford said this resolves most of the case, and allows the city to continue to collect bills through the municipal court.
She also said part of this decision reverses a decision made by the same federal court earlier...but there's no way to get a refund on all those lawyers' fees.
Rutherford says the federal court left one part of the landlords' lawsuit open for possible action in state court, the landlords' claim of "malicious prosecution" - which means that aspect could be retried.
hear law director Rutherford on decision against landlord water bill lawsuit
Council also gave about $20,000 to close out a past-due invoice for the hospital water line project.
And, more discussion will be heard Wednesday in Tom Trutschel's committee meeting before council votes on funding the city pool.
hear Tom Trutschel on concerns about city pool expenses
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils