Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 11:22 a.m. CT Jan. 9, 2018 | Updated 5:02 p.m. CT Jan. 9, 2018
A dozen residents who would lose their homes to the Foxconn Technology Group project have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Village of Mount Pleasant and its president.
The lawsuit claims Mount Pleasant's exercise of eminent domain to take their homes is unconstitutional because it is for a private benefit, for a project exempt from many environmental protections and because the plaintiffs would be paid far less than similarly situated neighbors whose properties are being purchased by the village.
As part of its development agreement with Foxconn, Mount Pleasant agreed to acquire about 2,900 acres, some directly for Foxconn and some for possible future expansion. Some also was for planned road and utility expansions, traditional public goals of the power of eminent domain.