From KKTV.com (Karen Morfit):
The suit alleges the attorneys were profiting at the expense of the water district and its customers. Those former attorneys, James Felt and James Culichia deny the allegations. The lawsuit also includes Felt and Culichia’s law firm, Felt, Monson and Culichia. We’re told the case is still in the early stages and documents are still being investigated.
Among the allegations are that one of the attorneys represented a private client, who later sold water rights to Cherokee for hundreds of thousands of dollars, an apparent conflict of interest. Even the district’s current attorney, Kevin Donovan, says the conflict was presented to the boards’ former manager. “Because there was so much involved, and so much money involved in it. That at least it’s Cherokee’s position now, that unless other evidence comes up that was an un-waiveable conflict,” Donovan said.