Von Maur lawsuit trial set for September

BY DI STAFF | JULY 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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A trial date has been set in a lawsuit over the Von Maur department store's move from Sycamore Mall in Iowa City to Coralville.

According to online court documents, a pretrial conference is slated for Sept. 6, with a trial set for Sept. 17.

Eight local business owners and 18 businesses filed a lawsuit March 1 requesting an injunction to temporarily stop the move.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claimed the transactions between Coralville and Oliver McMillan, its independent contractor, were illegal.

Gerry Ambrose, who filed the original petition, was uncertain of the lawsuit's future after the injunction was rejected by 6th District Judge Marsha Bergan in mid-March.

Coralville is under fire for the $16 million incentive package city officials offered McMillan and Von Maur. The store's development is moving ahead as planned.

—By Aly Brown

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