DETROIT (Freep)-The lawsuit by Rita and Dean Aytes, operators of Lafayette Bait and Tackle Shop, seeks unspecified damages from Moroun’s Detroit International Bridge Co. The couple says the bridge company illegally barricaded 23rd Street in November 2008, “which virtually destroyed the bait shop’s business,” said lawyer Bill Goodman, who is representing the Aytes family, along with the Detroit-based public interest law firm Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice.
The Aytes family sold the property to Walter Lubienski in 1995 but continued to run the bait shop. Late last year, the bridge company said it bought the property from Lubienski.
“He has no respect for anybody,” Aytes said. The bridge company “did everything they could to try to ruin my business and run me out.”
Stamper denied the allegations and said the bridge company offered to help the Aytes family relocate but they asked for more money than the bridge company was willing to provide.