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Supervalu Wants Johnny Johnson to Pay Legal Fees

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Clarification: In previous print and online versions, Style reported that Johnny Johnson's attorney, L. Steven Emmert, conceded a portion of Supervalu's claim for reimbursement. Emmert concedes only that Supervalu may have a vaild claim for a portion of the service of process expenses, which Supervalu claims comes to $2,696.95.

It's Jonny Johnson versus Supervalu Inc., round three.

Supervalu, a grocery supplier and the country's third-largest grocery-store operator, has asked the Richmond Circuit Court to force Johnson, owner of the former Community Pride supermarket chain, to pay part of the company's legal fees. Supervalu seeks $365,915.63.

Johnson sued the Minnesota-based supplier in 2004, alleging the company committed fraud and forced him out of business. He a won $16 million verdict. But the Virginia Supreme Court reversed the decision Sept. 12, tossing out the award and finding that Supervalu did not try to harm Johnson personally.

Johnson's attorney, L. Steven Emmert, calls Supervalu's claim “inflated.” Emmert says the company may have a valid claim for a portion of the service of process expenses, which Supervalu claims amounts to $2,696.95, but Emmert says that figure is also inflated.

“What they get is minuscule portion of what they claimed,” Emmert says.

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