MONTROSE – JetAway Aviation has been ordered to pay Montrose County $242,534 for attorney fees and costs associated with a July 2011 district court ruling.
Montrose County and JetAway returned to court on April 19, as JetAway had appealed District Judge James Schum's July 6, 2011 ruling that favored Montrose County, saying it did not overstep its bounds in denying JetAway access to the Montrose Regional Airport, and awarded the county court costs.
Montrose County had estimated those costs at about $261,000, which JetAway disputed, stating that the company shouldn't have to pay the county more than $145,000.
During the daylong hearing, the court heard specific objections to a portion of the County's requested fees and costs.
Among JetAway's accusations was that the county did not adequately explain some of its attorney fees, that some fees were related to its federal antitrust suit against the county and that the county failed to delegate work to a lower priced associate or other staff.
To all these, the court said it disagreed with JetAway, and even stated that in issuing the order, the court considered how JetAway's conduct unreasonably expanded the scope of the litigation.
The court, however, did agree with JetAway that charges for a county expert's assistant was unreasonable, and thus, lowered to county's first request by $18,656.