Court: Davis must pay fluoridation lawsuit fees

Court: Davis must pay fluoridation lawsuit fees

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Davis County Clerk's office must pay the attorney fees incurred by a citizen group that fought a revote of a fluoridated water ballot initiative.

In a decision that reversed a lower court, the Utah Supreme Court on Friday says Utahns for Better Dental Health can collect from the county.

The group sued the county and clerk Steve Rawlings in 2002 after the county placed the initiative on the ballot for a revote following a challenge from an anti-fluoride group.

Pro-fluoride activists said the revote was a misinterpretation of the state's referendum law.

In the majority opinion for the high court, Chief Justice Christine Durham said the refusal was "at odds" with the original referendum decision.

Information from: Deseret Morning News

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