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JACKSON, Miss. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Mississippi Court of Appeals has sided with a utility authority in a dispute over the use of eminent domain to take private property for a sewage plant built with federal Hurricane Katrina money.

The court's ruling on Tuesday overturns about $47,000 in attorney's fees that had been awarded to the property owner in Biloxi. It also sends the case back to the Harrison County Special Court of Eminent Domain.

The landowners say they'll ask for a rehearing.

The ruling came in a dispute between Helen Walker and the Harrison County Utility Authority.

The authority wanted an easement on Walker's land for pipes leading to a sewage plant.

Walker's son and husband sued, saying they had an interest in the land and weren't properly notified of the action.

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