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Federal judge dismisses $50M motorcycle shop suit

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a $50 million lawsuit filed by the owner of a Neenah motorcycle shop over a 2012 police raid.

Store owner Steven Erato and three others sued the city of Neenah, Winnebago County and others, alleging they suffered emotional trauma when officers armed with assault rifles stormed Eagle Nation Cycles

U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled Thursday the plaintiffs’ attorneys failed to respond to motions or complete discovery.

The judge ordered Eagle Nation’s attorney Cole White to pay $1,500 in attorneys’ fees and costs. WLUK-TV reports the lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

White told The Associated Press he intends to appeal.

Last month, one of the plaintiffs, Michael Funk, was fatally shot during a police standoff at the motorcycle shop.

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