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Decision On Ford EV Battery Plant Lawsuit Coming Next Week

Back in May, the future Ford EV battery plant known as BlueOval Battery Park Michigan faced an early legal challenge in the form of a petition organized by local residents concerned over sheer size of the site that wanted bring the matter to a public vote. That petition – created by the “The Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite,” collected enough signatures to do precisely that, but upon review, the Marshall City Clerk determined that only 136 of those 800 signatures were valid and ultimately rejected it. The group behind the petition wound up challenging this decision in court, and early this month, filed a legal brief to continue the case in court. Now, it seems as if a decision on the matter is expected to happen very soon, according to The Detroit News.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

Judge William Marietti has stated that he expects to reach a decision on a motion for summary disposition of the case within the next week, delaying the motion to strike the amended petition filed by the Committee for Marshall-Not the Megasite, as it could potentially not matter depending on his forthcoming decision on summary disposition.

The Committee is aiming to put a referendum on the ballot that would result in a local vote for zoning changes that were previously approved by the City of Marshall, enabling the project to move forward without public approval.

Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan Annoucement

For its part, the city of Marshall alleges that this matter cannot be put to a public vote because money has already been appropriated for the project, though the lawsuit claims that this simply isn’t true. The filing also claims that the financial appropriations – as well as the ordinance itself – are not legal as well.

We’ll have more on BlueOval Battery Park Michigan soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authorityfor 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Ford Owner

    This project will generate new jobs and more income for the city, besides the batteries will be cheaper than making then offshore and shipping them in. I see a double win for Ford and the city. The lawsuit was probably funded by a foreign brand.

    1. Tigger

      It is probably funded by a bunch of do-gooders. The folks in Marshall knew that land was Michigan’s premier industrial greenfield site for decades, but now they are complaining. If they were so concerned, why did they not complain about the zoning before?

  2. Jodi

    This is a Chinese investment – Not Ford! You are sharing misinformation. You want people to actually believe that CATL is going to “lease” their technology to a U.S. company without a joint venture contract? Share the agreement and I will believe you. You are delusional!

    1. Tigger

      Companies lease their technology, and have been for decades. Beggers cannot be choosey- Michigan needs this project.


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