Matty Mouron's Relentless Battle to Kill the Gordie Howe Bridge Seems Done
March 7th, 2018, 7:18 AM
A bid by Manuel (Matty) Moroun to stop the construction of the Gordie Howe Bridge from Detroit to Windsor may have come to an end. The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied a request to revisit the case.
That means Mouron must turn to the U.S. Supreme Court, which takes only a handful of cases. The odds are against the court considering his case.
Todd Spangler of the Detroit Free Press reports:
Lawyers for Manuel (Matty) Moroun and his family, who own and operate the Ambassador Bridge between Detroit and Windsor, had requested the entire appellate court reconsider a decision by a three-judge panel in November denying their claims to stop the Gordie Howe Bridge from being built two miles away on the Detroit River.
Having filed initial claims in the case eight years ago in an attempt to build their own second span and later to block the rival bridge, the Moroun family argued the government improperly stalled permits for its own efforts while illegally entering or signing off on deals with Canada for the Gordie Howe Bridge.
The Moroun family has said that the new bridge will take much of its freight traffic and make it virtually impossible for it to afford to upgrade and replace the historic bridge over the Detroit River, which is one of the busiest trade corridors in North America.