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Issue Date: Vol. 54, No. 6, June 2014, Posted On: 5/28/2014

Appeals Court Tosses $475K Award For Blind Vendor

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, vending machine contract, Michigan appeals court, Michigan state building vending, Ron Fellows, Cadillac Place, General Motors

DETROIT -- The Michigan appeals court has thrown out a decision that awarded $475,000 to a blind man who objected to competition at a state building where he sold food, the Associated Press reported.

Ron Fellows operated vending machines and sold coffee at Cadillac Place, the former headquarters of General Motors, from 2005 to 2008. He sought the monetary award because the state also allowed non-blind businesses to operate in the building.

In reversing Ingham County Judge Paula Manderfield's decision, the court said the Michigan Commission for the Blind cannot be ordered to make financial awards, AP reported.

Michigan law spells out that blind vendors have preference on state property. However, the other businesses had leases before the state moved into Cadillac Place.

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