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Hearing in Charlotte airport commission case set for Nov. 1

The next hearing in a lawsuit about whether the city of Charlotte or a new commission should run Charlotte Douglas International Airport is scheduled for Nov. 1, lawyers said Friday.

Charlotte City Attorney Bob Hagemann said the judge still hasn’t decided whether he’ll consider all pending motions in the case or not during the hearing, which could take most of the day.

The city sued to block a new commission from running Charlotte Douglas three months ago, after the N.C. General Assembly passed a bill removing control of the airport from the city. Charlotte Douglas has been under city control since its creation.

Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin issued a temporary restraining order to block the commission.

Former Charlotte mayor Richard Vinroot, an attorney, is representing the airport commission. The commission has its first meeting scheduled for Nov. 7.

Vinroot has moved for summary judgment against the city on some of its claims. N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office, which has also sided with the commission, filed a motion to dismiss the case. The city has filed a motion to amend its complaint and add more claims.

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