- Case Name: Land Trust of Virginia v. Mt. Aldie
- Client: Mt. Aldie, LLC
- Case Date: February 25, 2021
Land Trust of Virginia v. Mt. Aldie
Campbell Flannery is pleased to announce that on February 25, 2021, the Supreme Court of Virginia entered an order in favor of the firm’s client, Mt. Aldie, LLC (“Mt. Aldie”) in the Loudoun County case of Land Trust of Virginia v. Mt. Aldie, Case No. CL00083131. The Supreme Court’s order vacates the order of the Circuit Court of Loudoun County awarding the Land Trust of Virginia (“LTV”) attorneys’ fees and granting LTV injunctive relief that restricted Mt. Aldie, LLC’s use of forested mountain land in Aldie, Virginia. Yesterday’s decision brings about the end of a long-fought legal battle that dates back to 2013, and which involved two trips to the Supreme Court of Virginia. Each appeal resulted in a victory for Mt. Aldie.
The land in question is owned by Mt. Aldie, a special purpose entity formed by long-time local conservation hero Jack Andrews. The ancient and famous Indian Spring and the Indian Spring Trail are located within its boundaries. Mr. Andrews has been recently attacked with respect to his proposed restoration project in the Village of Aldie, including claims that the Conservation Easement identified above has been violated. In this regard, Mr. Andrews states: “My family has always wanted to preserve Mt. Aldie, so that the public might enjoy it forever. It is disappointing that others claim that ‘development’ is the goal when the real goal is preservation, much like our recent work on the Aldie River Walk and Aldie Dam Millrace Trail. I am pleased with the Supreme Court’s confirmation that Mt. Aldie acted within its reserved rights under the Conservation Easement.”
During the course of this case, LTV’s attorneys requested $2,222,815.60 in fees and costs. Because the Supreme Court of Virginia held that Mt. Aldie acted within its reserved rights and did not violate the Conservation Easement, LTV will not recover those fees and costs from Mt. Aldie or Mr. Andrews.
With respect to yesterday’s appellate victory, counsel for Mt. Aldie, James P. Campbell, noted that “the citizens of Aldie have been visiting the Indian Spring for more than 200 years. Consistent with the recent proposal to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Mr. Andrews and Mt. Aldie hope that the beautiful Indian Spring Trail and historic spring will be a natural wonder that the citizens of Aldie might enjoy in perpetuity.”
Attorney James P. Campbell and paralegal Suzanne Powell of Campbell Flannery represented Mt. Aldie at both trials and in both appeals. Mr. Campbell and Mrs. Powell were aided by attorney Matthew Clark, also of Campbell Flannery, after the second trial, and on the second appeal. Campbell Flannery represents individual and corporate clients in complex litigation matters in the state and federal courts of the Northern Virginia Metropolitan region. If you are in need of legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the firm at (703) 771-8344.