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Prime Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf look at fans lining a second-floor railing May 14, 2012, in the Minnesota Capitol as they celebrate the signing of a bill allowing construction of a nearly $1 billion stadium. (Forum News Service photo by Don Davis)

New Jersey judge levies $84.5 million penalty on Minnesota Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf

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ST. PAUL -- A judge’s order that the Minnesota Vikings’ owners must pay $84.5 million to settle a lawsuit should not affect construction of a new stadium.


A New Jersey judge Monday ordered Vikings owners, brothers Zygi and Mark Wilf, and a cousin to pay that amount to former real estate partners in a 21-year-old racketeering lawsuit.

During a day-long Morristown, N.J., hearing, Judge Deanne Wilson said that the Wilfs “robbed their partners” in the 1980s’ apartment project.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.