Celina mayor sued

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

DALLAS COUNTY, TX -- The mayor of Celina is speaking out after a lawsuit was filed against him in a Dallas court. Mayor Corbett Howard is named in a suit filed by the Richardson law firm Brown and Hofmeister.

The city of Celina originally hired Brown and Hofmeister as representation for the annexation of Preston Hills, a group of neighborhoods outside the city.

Howard says in a written statement the city filed a suit last year saying the firm misrepresented them.

Mayor Howard says he is disturbed by the lawsuit and calls it "frivolous."

In a statement he released Monday, Howard said:

“There are ulterior motives at play here, and I am extremely confident that this matter will be dismissed promptly. Their retaliatory lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to deflect attention away from their poor performance for the City of Celina as detailed in our original lawsuit.”

Robert Tobey, an attorney for Brown and Hofmeister, says the lawsuit was filed because Howard and a former city administrator, Scott Albert, acted fraudulently by failing to disclose key information to the firm regarding alleged disputes over the annexation of Preston Hills.

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  • by JK Location: Celina on Jan 24, 2008 at 11:44 AM
    This is just one more law suit attracted by Howard. Im just glad its not against the city of Celina again. He cut the city taxes 5 times,whow! We are only the 2nd highest taxed city in collin co. I sure am glad were not # 1 any more.
  • by butch "dubya" hickson Location: the stix on Jan 15, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    maybe the celina football program should be "busted" for recruiting players, paying players, and cheating U.I.L rules. Go on and admit it, Celina football program/coaches CHEAT!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 15, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    Because with our litigous country we live in anyone can be sued for any given reason. I can go to a courthouse and sue you because I don't like what you posted. Do I have a case, no, but it doesnt matter you have to get an attorney to file your papers and respond. Besides, it is a civil matter not a criminal matter.
  • by McNeil Allison Location: Celina - Preston Hills on Jan 15, 2008 at 09:51 AM
    No one from the city could be reached for comment. Now there's a phrase that we've heard before! There is a billboard on 380 between McKinney & Princeton that says Corbett Howard is now running for County Commisioner. Why is he allowed to run for that office while being sued for his conduct in another public office?
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