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Legal Shot Fired in Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards Fight

The fight over Atlantic Yards is going to court. (Again.) Ten property owners and tenants on the site where Forest City Ratner would like to build Atlantic Yards have filed a Federal suit to stop the development. This should be the lawsuit over the project and the key legal issue, as expected, is eminent domain, and whether the state's use of it to take property is constitutional.

The suit names all the major players in the development--Governor George Pataki, Forest City Ratner President Bruce Ratner, Empire State Development Corporation Chairman Charles Gargano, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff and others--as defendants. (For the lawyer in you, the PDF of the actual complaint can be found here.) The outcome of eminent domain litigation will either clear the final obstacle to the project or send it back to the drawing board. Stay tuned.
· Announcement of Lawsuit [dddb.net]