Moroun vs. MDOT and Michigan Taxpayers

If the Ambassador Bridge’s track record is an indicator, “Matty” Moroun and crew may want to bring their orange jump suits and checkbooks to Judge Edward’s court on Thursday.

Since the first lawsuit was filed in 2009 by MDOT to get the Detroit International Bridge Company (DIBC) to fulfill their agreement to build a ramp from I-75 to the Ambassador Bridge, there have been 36 motions filed and 31 rulings. Of the 31 rulings, the DIBC has lost 27. The four ruled in their favor were merely procedural.  That’s a batting average of .130.

On top of that, the DIBC has been fined over $150,000 for filing frivolous motions and being in contempt of court.

January 11, 2012, is the deadline set by Judge Edwards for the DIBC to meet his order to build the ramp as agreed to in the Gateway agreement of 2004. The state of Michigan, city of Detroit and federal government have already spent more than $230 million taxpayer dollars to build the expressway connection to the bridge ramp the DIBC was supposed to build. Instead, the DIBC built a ramp to their lucrative duty-free fuel pumps and a duty-free shop. They have also ignored Judge Edwards’ order to tear down structures they illegally built.

The DIBC has continually failed to comply with the Gateway Project agreement. In Janurary 2011, company president Dan Stamper was held in contempt of court and jailed for failing to comply with a previous Wayne County Court order to remove the illegally built structures.

Click here for a complete scorecard of judicial rulings. Check back on Thursday to see what happened in Judge Edwards’ court.