Legal fees mount as Kansas landscaping dispute continues

October 26, 2018 - 6:05 pm

The Kansas Court of Appeals will take up the case of a long-standing landscaping dispute that has run up legal costs approaching $1 million.

The board of the Avignon Villa Homes Community Association in Olathe has filed notice that it is appealing a ruling issued in January by Johnson County District Judge Rhonda K. Mason.

Homeowner Jim Hildenbrand filed suit against the association in 2013. Mason found that the association treated Hildenbrand unfairly when it denied his application for the landscaping project, but that Hildenbrand violated rules by failing to fill out the proper application before installing the project.

She ordered Hildenbrand to pay $25,000 in damages to the association.

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