Lumberton loses $1 million eminent domain lawsuit

The City of Lumberton, which has an annual budget of roughly $3 million, is set to pay out $1 million after losing an eminent domain lawsuit.

That suit involves about 115 acres of property taken from landowner William Hooks for a detention pond to prevent flooding.

Hooks sued and was awarded about $9 thousand per acre and nearly a $150 thousand in interest and attorney's fees.

Lumberton City Manager Don Burnett told 12 News HD that the city is appealing the case.

Burnett says it is a totally unfair amount and that several issues that should have been included in the case were not allowed into evidence.


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