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Family awarded $3.8M in land development dispute

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A federal jury has awarded $3.8 million to a family whose effort to sell their land for a Walmart development was blocked by the Frankenmuth City Council.

A jury in Bay City on Wednesday returned the decision in the second trial on the dispute.

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 in 2006.

The Loesels sued, saying the ordinance violated their constitutional right of equal protection. A jury in 2010 awarded them $3.6 million, but an appeals court threw it out the verdict in 2012.

Frankenmuth City Manager Charles Graham says they're disappointed with the outcome of the latest trial.

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