Though construction is already underway on the future BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte, attorney Jerry Reese has ceased all efforts to block construction of the future Charlotte Knights ballpark.
Charlotte City Attorney Bob Hagemann said today Reese’s decision comes after Judge David Lee said he was prepared to sanction Reese after dismissing his sixth and seventh lawsuits looking to block the project.
In a settlement accepted Monday, Reese agreed to drop his lawsuits against the construction of the AAA-minor league baseball stadium.
All eight lawsuits, which started in 2007, were dismissed, with city leaders saying the legal actions significantly delayed the Knight’s move to Charlotte.
“There is no doubt that Reese’s lawsuits caused a significant delay in the joint City and County goal of bringing the Knights to Center City Charlotte,” Hagemann said. “But we are pleased that this matter is finally concluded and that the decisions of our elected leaders will now be carried forward.”
“We are certainly pleased by the court’s ruling to award sanctions against Mr. Reese and thus ending these very costly, lengthy and frivolous lawsuits,” stated Charlotte Knights Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer Dan Rajkowski.
Rajkowski added, “These lawsuits didn’t deter our organization from doing what was right for our team, our fans and the community. We continue to focus our efforts on constructing one of the finest Class Triple-A franchises and look forward to our opening of BB&T Ballpark in April of 2014.”