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Judge upholds zero-damage award in airport noise case

Over protests from homeowners, Chesapeake Circuit Judge Randall D. Smith has validated a jury’s determination that the owners were not entitled to any damages as a result of airport noise.

A jury found no evidence of damage to the value of a home near the Chesapeake Regional Airport in a March trial, despite a judge’s earlier ruling that airport noise affected the property. Attorney Joe Waldo, who represented the homeowners, argued the jury’s decision made no sense in light of the earlier ruling. Waldo told The Virginian-Pilot he plans to appeal.

The newspaper quotes the judge as saying it’s been “an unusual case, to say the least.”

By Peter Vieth

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