Private Developer Sues Foxconn, Others Over Failure to Build as Promised

Richard Torres reports Lawsuit says Foxconn’s failure to create a high-tech screen plant cost local governments hundreds of millions of dollars:

Foxconn Technology Group is in breach of contract for failing to construct a high-tech screen plant in Mount Pleasant, while local governments spent hundreds of millions of dollars to prepare for the project, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a real estate development company.

Hintz Real Estate Development Co. claims Foxconn is in breach of its contract by failing to construct a Generation 10.5 LCD manufacturing facility, employ local workers in manufacturing and construction “to the extent agreed,” and failing to make capital investments in the county and village “to the extent agreed.”

“The municipalities, to the detriment of its citizens and taxpayers, have been damaged by the Foxconn defendants’ breach,” according to the complaint filed in Racine County Circuit Court.

“The Foxconn defendants’ breach has proximately caused the municipalities and their citizens to lose the expected benefits of the promised development of the Gen. 10.5 LCD facility, an amount measured in the billions of dollars.”

All true, of course — this state-backed project has been a failure. For families whose homes were razed for Trump and Walker’s project, the losses may only be imperfectly (and inadequately) measured as legal damages (where claimed loss is assigned a dollar value).

There are few lawsuits of this type in Wisconsin, where a large private company and local government are defendants (and few anywhere for a Potemkin project of this size).

Well worth watching, as there may be much to learn from the litigation.

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