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Reston businesses in revolt?

It is likely that most McLean Law Blog readers have gone to the Reston Town Center at least once. The mixed use development is teeming with clothing stores, specialty shops, restaurants, fitness spots, cafes and other businesses. Right now, it is also brimming with apprehension and anger among some business owners over the center's new paid parking.

According to news reports, some businesses are considering lawsuits against the center's operator over parking fees that they say have driven customers away and revenue down.

The paid parking system has been in operation at Reston for only a month, but some merchants are considering a lawsuit against the management firm Boston Properties.

A spokesperson for a restaurant at the shopping complex said that since the parking fees were put in place early last month, stores there are reporting decreases in sales ranging from 10 percent to 50 percent. Two retailers have shuttered in that time.

She said foot traffic is down and potential customers are going elsewhere for shopping and dining needs.

The spokeswoman said more than 60 store owners are pondering a lawsuit. She further claimed that all but one merchant is in favor of pressuring the complex management company to stop charging for parking.

She said there's also confusion among shoppers and stores over parking validation, weekend parking, free guest parking, employee parking, overnight charges and more.

In some situations, experienced business law attorneys can help merchants resolve disputes with other businesses. In other cases, it makes sense for entrepreneurs to seek resolution in court.

An experienced business attorney can protect your interests and rights in these matters.

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