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September 23, 2013

Vikings owners face $84.5M fine in N.J. case

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The team is also eligible for an NFL loan of up to $200 million, and the stadium legislation lets them receive money from stadium naming rights and from seat licenses for season-ticket holders.

Halpern, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and his sister Reichmann, of Toronto, had said the Wilfs cheated them out of their share of profits from a 764-unit apartment complex in Montville, N.J. Halpern had been the complex's longtime manager.

An attorney for Halpern did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press seeking comment on the ruling.

The stadium authority's review of the Wilfs' legal troubles raised one red flag: that under New Jersey law, the civil verdict could trigger criminal investigations by state or county prosecutors in the state. But Harvey said such criminal probes of civil verdicts are extremely rare.

"While it may be an area of curiosity, as a matter of fact it just doesn't happen," Harvey said. He predicted that the long-running case would probably not be resolved by the planned 2016 opening of the new stadium.

"The stadium will be built and there will be an opening kickoff long before this is decided by the appellate court and likely, the New Jersey Supreme Court," Harvey said. "It has no impact on stadium construction."

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