City Gets Summary Judgement In Freedom Hill Fallout

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A federal judge has decided that the city of Sterling Heights is entitled to a partial summary judgement in their ongoing lawsuit with an insurance company that has refused to pay off on claims resulting from a lawsuit brought 3 years ago by Hillside Productions, promoters at the Freedom Hill Amphitheatre.

According to The Source, this latest judgement expands on the previous decision that insurer United National was liable for 1/3rd of the payment by adding on 1/3rd of the costs of the city's legal defense costs along with consequential damages and the vig on the original judgement.

The original 2001 Hillside lawsuit stemmed from allegations by the promoter that the city of Sterling Heights had conspired to interfere with their operations and defame their business. The city settled out of court for $31 million but had to pursue legal remedies of their own when three of the city's insurance carriers refused to pay off on the liability.

"We expect the final judgment against United National to total just over $14 million, bringing the total amount of settlements and judgments in excess of $31 million," Sterling Heights Risk Manager Mark Carufel said. "All money received from United National will be used to repay the bonds." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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