Matty Moroun, the billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge, does not have the exclusive right to own and operate an international span linking Windsor to Detroit without competition, a U.S. federal judge ruled Wednesday.
In a 57-page ruling filed in Washington on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer dismissed eight of nine challenges filed by Moroun's Detroit International Bridge Company.
Moroun was trying to argue his company was the only entity that could own and operate a bridge crossing between Windsor and Detroit, the busiest North American land border when it comes to trade.
The ruling is a blow to Moroun's hopes to twin his Ambassador Bridge and further clears the way for the completion of the publicly-owned, Canadian-funded Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Moroun has been fighting tooth and nail to stop the construction of the $2-billion Gordie Howe Bridge.
You can read the entire ruling below:
Ambassador Bridge Ruling
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