Idaho man owes $95,000 for cutting down neighbor's trees

BOISE -- An Idaho man will have to pay nearly $100,000 in legal fees after cutting down 19 of his neighbor's trees in a logging job.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Chief Justice of the Idaho Supreme Court Jim Jones says the ruling is legally correct but unfair to Kenneth Eyer.

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Eyer to pay more than $95,000 in attorney fees for an unsuccessful counter-lawsuit over a 2009 logging job. Eyer logged part of his Sagle property to raise money for his wife's chemotherapy bills but inadvertently logged some of his neighbor's trees, violating Idaho's "timber trespass" laws.

Jones wrote in an opinion that the court procedures be changed to be faster and to reduce the cost of litigation so someone like Eyer won't face such high costs in the future.

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