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Suit against Johnson, Pr. George's Council members moves to state court

A lawsuit that pits a developer against Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and several members of the County Council, over an alleged agreement for the county to lease space in his new building in New Carrollton, will be heard in state court, an attorney said.

Jonathan Shurberg, an attorney for developer Arun Luthra, said U.S. District Court Judge Peter J. Messitte ordered that the case be remanded to state court. Shurberg had requested that the suit be heard in state court, instead of federal court.

Shurberg also asked for attorney's fees and costs, but that motion was denied.

Messitte was scheduled to hear the case Tuesday.

The suit makes a wide range of claims against Johnson; council members Camille Exum (D-Seat Pleasant), Marilynn M. Bland (D-Clinton) and Ingrid Turner (D-Bowie); a Johnson aide; a lobbyist; and a real estate broker. The allegations include breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and intentional interference with business relations.

-- Ovetta Wiggins

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
Categories:  Prince George's County  
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