Meijer, Acme Twp. group sign no-lawsuit agreement

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Meijer Inc. and a developer have agreed to pay $75,000 to a group that fought their proposed superstore in a rural Michigan community.

Under a deal signed Wednesday, Concerned Citizens of Acme Township agreed not to sue Meijer or the Village at Grand Traverse LLC. Also released from liability were a law firm and a public relations firm that represented the companies.

In April, Meijer and the Village settled with five township officials who had accused them of illegal campaign activity and harming them with a frivolous suit.

The state of Michigan fined Meijer more than $190,000 last year for violating campaign laws.

The developments arose from the retail chain's efforts to win local backing for a big-box store in the Traverse City-area township.