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Minority bar owners settle lawsuit against Racine

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Seven former Racine tavern owners have settled a discrimination lawsuit against the city for more than $1 million.

The plaintiffs argued in a federal lawsuit originally filed last February that the city and its officials engaged in an elaborate plot to driver minority bar owners out of the city. The agreement approved Tuesday night by the Racine City Council calls for its insurer to pay each plaintiff $15,000 with the remaining $1.2 million going to their attorneys.

The defendants have admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

The Racine Journal Times says Mayor John Dickert issued a statement following the vote, saying the case “was a nuisance to the city and it is good to have it concluded.”

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