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60-1203. Name in which action prosecuted; damages. Where the action is brought by a person claiming an interest in an office, franchise or corporation, or claiming an interest adverse to a resolution, ordinance, franchise, gift or grant, which is the subject of the action, it shall be prosecuted in the name and under the direction of such person, otherwise it shall be prosecuted in the name of the state by the attorney general or county attorney. Whenever the action is brought by the attorney general or the county attorney against a person for usurping an office, the petition shall state the name of the person rightfully entitled to the office. When the action in such case is brought by the person claiming title, such person may claim and recover any damage he or she may have sustained.

History: L. 1963, ch. 303, 60-1203; January 1, 1964.

Source or prior law:

G.S. 1868, ch. 80, § 654; L. 1871, ch. 116, § 2; L. 1909, ch. 182, § 681; R.S. 1923, 60-1603.


Prior law cases, see G.S. 1949, 60-1603 and the 1961 Supp. thereto.

1. Private individual cannot maintain action attacking city annexation. Babcock v. City of Kansas City, 197 K. 610, 611, 613, 614, 617, 618, 419 P.2d 882.

2. Whether action challenging workers compensation board as unconstitutional delegation of legislative power must be prosecuted by attorney general as relator examined. Sedlak v. Dick, 256 K. 779, 785, 887 P.2d 1119 (1995).

3. Board of county commissioners could not bring a quo warranto action to challenge a city's annexation ordinances. Board of Sumner County Comm'rs v. City of Mulvane, 43 K.A.2d 500, 227 P.3d 997 (2010).

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