City agrees to pay back tax payments in property mix-up

Alejandro de los Rios Oct. 14, 2010, 1:00pm


The city of New Orleans has decided to pay back $10,000 in taxes illegally collected over four years on M&A Development Corp. -- which thought it had bought what turned out to be city property -- settling a dispute in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

In November 2004, M&A acquired a property at 1800 Tchoupitoulas St. and paid taxes until 2008 before filing a petition to quiet title in Orleans Parish. It was then that the plaintiff was informed that the property had been mistakenly listed for sale and was still city property.

New Orleans attorney Thomas Weymann filed the petition to rescind tax title and for damages in November 2009. The suit requested the plaintiff be reimbursed close to $15,000, which includes the taxes paid and court and attorney fees.

New Orleans attorneys Lawrence Jones, Errol Conley represented the city.

The city's original answer denied the charges brought by M&A.

A pre-trial conference in August set an Oct. 13 trial, but both parties informed the court that the city has agreed to pay back all the money asked fo by the plaintiffs.

Orleans Parish Judge Sidney Cates IV presided over this case.

Orleans Parish Case 2009-11984

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