WalMart Purchase Thwarted, Family Sues City of Rezoning - And Wins

WalMart made an offer to purchase a plot from a family in Frankenmuth, Michigan, but withdrew the offer when the City Council rezoned the land for a limited building size. The family sued, and a federal judge awarded them $3.6 million.
March 17, 2010, 10am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Attorneys for the Loesel family claimed that the City Council violated their 14th Amendment equal protection rights in by rezoning their land to exclude buildings over 65,000 sq. ft.

"I thought we had overwhelming evidence that the Walmart opposition was caused by local economic protectionism; that's what I argued, and that's what the evidence showed," said the Loesels' Southfield-based attorney, Andrew Kochanowski.

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Published on Thursday, March 4, 2010 in The Saginaw News
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