Court erases $3.6M verdict in Wal-Mart land fight

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An appeals court has thrown out a $3.6 million verdict in favor of a family that wanted to sell land for a Walmart store in Frankenmuth.

The court found problems with the verdict form. The court said Monday a new trial should be held because the legal basis for the jury's decision in 2010 is unclear.

Ronald Loesel and family members sued Frankenmuth after city officials passed a law restricting the size of stores to 65,000 square feet or less. The ordinance effectively killed the $3 million sale of 24 acres to Wal-Mart Stores in 2006.

The Loesels sued in federal court in Bay City, claiming the ordinance violated their constitutional right of equal protection. Frankenmuth, 90 miles north of Detroit, is a tourist town known for its Bavarian theme.


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