For decades, environmentalists in California have been goosing their industry adversaries for attorneys fees whenever they win cases based on environmental law. So when the situation presented itself, Jared Carter figured turnabout was simply a matter of fair play.

After twice beating back an endangered species challenge from a local environmental group, Carter — a partner at Ukiah’s Carter, Behnke, Oglesby and Bacik who serves as outside counsel to Pacific Lumber — sued the group to recover $670,000 worth of attorneys fees.

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