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Alpine City ordered to pay $1.7 million in defamation lawsuit

Alpine city and former mayor Don Watkins were ordered to pay $1.7 million to several construction companies after nearly 20 years of land development disputes. The lawsuit accuses the city and former mayor of defamation and breaking contracts over city development, according to court documents from the 4th District Court in Provo.

“The city has breached the covenants of good faith and fair dealing by its actions,” the initial complaint states. The court ordered Watkins and Alpine City pay $1,756,000 for damages to the construction companies. The lawsuit initially asked for monetary damages of $10 million.

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