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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a private citizen alleging the city of Huntsville overpaid to bring Cabela’s to town, our news partners at AL.com and The Huntsville Times reported Wednesday.

Carl Fallin Sr. filed a lawsuit and an open records request — saying Huntsville officials “gave away” public property under the guise of economic development.  He accused the city of concealing the nature of its transactions with Cabela’s site developers. His lawsuit listed contracts and land agreements allegedly made between the city and the developers.

The lawsuit also claimed the city paid $7.6 million to the developers to secure the land that is valued at less than $300,000.

The city of Huntsville responded by submitting more than 2,300 pages of records pertaining to the deal,

“The City of Huntsville is pleased with the court’s ruling today on our motion to dismiss,” Huntsville communications director Kelly Schrimsher told AL.com and The Huntsville Times.

 

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