PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks' lawsuit against Maricopa County over repairs at Chase Field has so far cost taxpayers more than $450,000 in legal fees.
The team contends the county needed to pay a large share of as much as $187 million in upgrades to the ballpark that opened in 1998.
County officials argue many of those repairs are cosmetic, and that the financial responsibility for them falls to the team.
Diamondbacks attorney Leo Beus tells the Arizona Republic that the parties have failed to take the first step of negotiating out of court, which a judge had ordered a month ago.
Beus blames the county for dragging its feet.
Maricopa County officials say they have tried to be accommodating, but the team wants to move too fast.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com