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Moroun Hits Another Roadblock in Bridge Challenge

Thursday, March 8, 2018

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Lawyers representing Manuel “Matty” Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Michigan with Canada, were recently denied their request to revisit Moroun’s attempt to block an agreement to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge nearby.

According to the Detroit Free Press, lawyers representing Moroun and his family have requested that the appellate court reconsider a decision issued in November that denied the effort to stop the construction of the Gordie Howe.

Deal History

In 2012, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder worked out a deal with Canada to construct a second bridge that would provide another route into the northern country, a project that would later become known as the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Moroun has spent years fighting the ruling, attempting to make a case for the fact that the deal did not involve the state legislature's approval.

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Lawyers representing Manuel “Matty” Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Michigan with Canada, were recently denied their request to revisit Moroun’s attempt to block an agreement to build the Gordie Howe International Bridge (rendering pictured) nearby.

In a previous ruling in October 2017, Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo Jr. declared the deal to be legal.

As of November 2017, Chief Judge Judith W. Rogers also ruled that Michigan’s intermediate state appeals court was not wrong in honoring the international deal. Moroun’s lawyers had initially argued that state law prohibited Michigan from making the deal with Canada, but Rogers noted in her opinion that none of the challenges presented were persuasive.

As of late January, Canadian officials labeled the Gordie Howe International Bridge the county's foremost infrastructure priority.

Officials expect to sign a contract with the selected bidder by September.

Moroun Plea

The denial of the request for a second hearing was issued without comment from the court, noted the Detroit Free Press. If the Moroun family continues to press the issue, they will have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, which only takes a few cases each term. The cases accepted usually fall in the family of key questions of federal law requiring interpretation.

It is still unclear if Moroun will petition the Supreme Court.


Tagged categories: Bridges; Construction; Government; Infrastructure; Lawsuits

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (3/8/2018, 11:03 AM)

I don't want to be cynical, but I expect Moroun will try to petition the Supreme Court...if he does, it delays the construction on the new bridge for quite some time and leaves his money-making monopoly on bridges there in place for another year or two. Only my opinion, but I don't see this being about permits over another, much needed bridge, but rather the cash flow from the bridge monopoly (and the associated gas station and convenience store) that makes Moroun a lot of money.

Comment from Scott Youngs, (3/12/2018, 10:46 AM)

My thoughts also...Greed

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