No, it did not. In his ruling in January 2017, Judge Leo E. Green Jr. explained that “by being able to mandate a specific mailbox, the board could mandate other things.” He considered this to be a slippery slope. “What if the board decided tomorrow that the homeowners all needed slate roofs that cost $50,000?” asked the Strongs’ attorney, Matthew Skipper. The judge ruled the mailbox regulation “null and void.” Strong didn’t have to pay the $1,600 in noncompliance fines. He did, however, have to pay his own $33,000 legal fee—roughly the cost of 66 of those cast-aluminum mailboxes—plus his fraction of the opposing attorney’s fees, which were paid out of HOA dues. “A lot of people have said congratulations for standing up for us,” Strong told fox5dc.com. “Some people even offered to help pay our legal expenses.” Other folks felt differently: Two months after the ruling, Strong found his old wooden mailbox on the ground and the post smashed in half.