The landowners who filed the lawsuit own property located within the footprint where Foxconn wants to build an LCD manufacturing facility. Expected to generate 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent positions, the $10 billion project is the largest economic investment in the state and one of the largest in U.S. history.
The property owners’ attorney Erik Olsen, of Eminent Domain Services LLC, filed the complaint in the federal court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The lawsuit, filed Monday, names the village and Village President David DeGroot as defendants.
Further, the complaint alleges that the Village of Mount Pleasant is: The case shows “violations of the Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to equal protection, private property, and due process,” the complaint states.
- acquiring the property owners’ land for “the benefit of a private corporation,”
- that the state has passed legislation allowing the project to skirt environmental impact studies and wetland permitting requirements,
- that village staff treated landowners differently by offering different purchase prices – some up to 10 times the value of their property – and
- it is acquiring property for a non-public purpose.