Judge dismisses lawsuits over sale of Lions' former home

PONTIAC, Mich. -- A judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by a local developer and a group of residents over the sale of the Pontiac Silverdome.

The Oakland Press reports Oakland Circuit Judge Edward Sosnick recently issued an opinion saying that Silver Stallion Development Corp. failed to present evidence supporting its claim of racial discrimination over the sale.

In another opinion, Sosnick wrote that the residents lack standing to challenge the acts of Pontiac Emergency Financial Manager Fred Leeb in selling the stadium. The judge said Leeb was within his authority.

The Silverdome was sold last year for $583,000 to a Canadian development company.

The Detroit Lions abandoned the 80,300-seat stadium in 2002, when they moved to Detroit's Ford Field.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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