Minnesota Vikings Owners to Appeal $100M Ruling in Montville Legal Dispute

If the family loses its appeal, the partnership will be dissolved and Rachel Gardens will be sold.

Rachel Gardens
Rachel Gardens

Judges have demanded that the Wilf family, owners of the Minnesota Vikings, cover lawyer fees, damages and other expenses for two business partners the family was found to have cheated in a dispute over Montville’s Rachel Gardens apartment complex.

In total, the Wilf family has to pay $100 million, but Vikings Owner Zygmunt “Zygi” Wilf and his family are appealing that court decision, according to the Daily Record.

If the family loses its appeal, the partnership will be dissolved and Rachel Gardens will be sold.

Back in September, the defendants were ordered to pay Ada Reichmann of Canada and Josef Halpern of Brooklyn, N.Y., who are siblings, $84.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages plus interest.

The lawsuit was filed 21 years ago and involves Zygi Wilf, his brother Mark Wilf and their cousin, Leonard Wilf. The three cheated Reichmann and Halpern by cutting them out of revenues and violated the state’s civil racketeering statute, according to State Superior Court Judge Deanne Wilson's ruling.

Wilf attorney Peter Harvey told The Associated Press on Thursday that the trial judge "badly mismanaged" the case and that there were multiple errors of law, a failure to limit the case's scope and conflicts of interest.

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