Baltimore's Housing Authority filed a motion Friday to prevent its property from being sold in order to satisfy a $2.6 million judgment in a lead paint exposure case, according to the agency.

Last week, representatives from the Baltimore's sheriff's office tagged vehicles used by the Housing Authority in anticipation of seizing them to pay off a jury award.

Siblings Antonio Fulgham and Brittany McCutcheon were provided the judgment in 2010, but the agency has resisted making payments while it appeals. The plaintiffs, who suffered lead poisoning while living in public housing, have filed legal actions to move forward with collecting the debts.

The motion in Baltimore Circuit Court is an attempt to prevent the vehicles from being auctioned. In its statement Friday, the Housing Authority contends that the facts of the siblings' case do not support the jury's finding and that the payment of tort judgments relating to lead paint exposure threatens the city's ability to provide affordable housing.

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