Boca lawsuit trial delayed 9 months

The lawsuit against Boca Grande Capital LLC again has a trial date: March 2016.

Just over a week ago, Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wirtz formally set the trial to occur from March 14 to March 25, 2016, with a pre-trial conference set for March 3, 2016.

This represents a nine-month delay for a trial originally expected to occur from late-June into early July of this year.

This is a little longer of a delay than was initially anticipated.

Last month, when it became apparent the jury trial for the lawsuit would not occur this year, City Attorney Lud Wurtz explained it likely would occur “toward the end of the year, and perhaps into the next ...”

It was not clear which side had requested the delay, based on Wurtz’s comments a few weeks ago.

“I think there is communication being considered about resetting dates for trial,” he said at that time, later clarifying that “pushing it back” was being considered. “This would be something that is being discussed between counsel for the various parties ...”

The lawsuit was initiated in February last year by the city after Boca Grande failed to make good on scheduled payments and planned projects related to a multi-million-dollar redevelopment of downtown Ripon.

Specifically, the city of Ripon is suing Boca’s development arm, Ripon Renew, for “unspecified damages” after alleging Boca’s failure to complete its downtown projects.

The complaint filed specifies the city seeks an amount “the court may deem just and equitable under the circumstances.”

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