As the legal battle surrounding the purchase of Mountain Water appears to be nearing closure, Missoula is going to have to pay up.
An arbitration panel found last month that Missoula will be responsible for legal bills stemming from a lawsuit the city filed claiming the Carlyle Group backed out of a deal with the city government to purchase Mountain Water. The news was first reported last week by the Daily Montanan.
All eight claims the city made against Carlyle were dismissed with prejudice. In an interview with the Missoulian, Mayor John Engen said a separate process detailing just how much the city will have to pay will likely take place in the summer of 2022.
It is not clear how much the city will have to pay, but the number is expected to run into the millions. Prior to the acquisition, Missoula was the only large municipality in Montana that did not own its own water system.
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