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Spanish court orders architect to pay compensation

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2005 file photo shows the opera house at twilight in Valencia, Spain. A court on Friday Feb. 7, 2014 has ordered renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to pay millions of dollars in compensation to a property development company for what it calls shortcomings in his work. Calatrava is being sued by the regional government of his native Valencia over problems with the opera house that cost more than 332 million euro ($455.6 million), four times its original budget. (AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante, File)

MADRID (AP) -- A court has ordered a renowned Spanish architect to pay millions of dollars in compensation to a property development company for what it calls shortcomings in his work.

The provincial court of northwestern Oviedo says in a statement that architect Santiago Calatrava must pay 2.9 million euros ($4 million) to Jovellanos XXI in a dispute over work on Oviedo's city hall, which has an elaborate design featuring external flying buttress-like decorations.

The court's finding Friday — which can be appealed — upholds a lesser court's earlier decision, but reduced the compensation slightly from 3.3 million euros ($4.5 million).

Calatrava is also being sued by the regional government of his native Valencia over an opera house that cost more than 332 million euros ($455.6 million), four times its original budget.