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Doyle budget limit landowners legal fees when going against utilities/transportation

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The governor's new state budget would limit the legal fees awarded to landowners who challenge property offers for new roads and utilities.

The state Transportation Department pushed for the measure, saying its payments for legal fees have more than doubled in the last five years.

Attorney Paul Nilsen says it's not so much about the money, as about the rise in what he calls a "cottage industry of litigators."

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