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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- A federal judge says a jury will decide who is at fault for signs directing visitors to popular sites around Asheville that started peeling shortly after being installed nearly three years ago.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports (http://avlne.ws/WhxVBR ) U.S. Judge Martin Reidinger ruled the trial pitting the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority against the company that made the faulty signs should begin next month.

The tourism promotion group hired L&H Signs Inc. for the $1.5 million project that turned embarrassing when the surface images quickly began peeling from the metal. The lawsuit alleges the Pennsylvania-based sign company failed to properly fabricate and install the signs.

L&H Signs argues it advised the Asheville tourism authority of defects in project specifications and offered a solution that the group rejected.

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