Portland has agreed to pay $350,000 in attorneys’ fees related to a now-repealed policy that required warning signs on brittle brick buildings saying they are seismically unsafe.
The Portland City Council voted 4-0 Wednesday to pay the fees for a nonprofit coalition of brick building owners who sued the city over the signage requirement. They argued that being required to post placards on their front doors violated their First and 14th Amendment Rights because they were forced to promote the city’s message and were denied opportunities to appeal. Commissioner Nick Fish didn’t attend the meeting.
The owners were represented by attorneys John DiLorenzo Jr., Aaron Stuckey and Chris Swift from Portland-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.