Alexandria city attorney recommends against suing Defense Department

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Officials want to delay 6,400 federal employees from occupying the Department of Defense high-rises coming to completion in Alexandria’s Mark Center neighborhood, but City Attorney Jim Banks isnt sure legal action is the best course.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-8) sent letters to regional leaders asking them to consider suing for an injunction against the DoD following a report claiming it cut corners when planning the Pentagon annex.

While there is potential action for the city government to take, I believe that the ability for the City of Alexandria to mount a successful even a vaguely successful case is limited, Banks said.

Fairfax County officials wont move forward with legal action, hampering the chances of a successful class action injunction, according to Banks.

City council members met in an executive session behind closed doors to discuss other options on Monday.

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