Arbitrator sides with Flint in dispute over towing contract

FLINT, Mich. (AP) – An arbitrator has sided with the cash-strapped city of Flint in a 3-year legal dispute over a contract for the towing of abandoned and illegally parked cars.

Big Foot Towing argued that the city was in violation of its 2006 contract and sought damages of nearly $447,000. The city disputed the claims by Big Foot, which handled most such towing in the city, and said the company didn’t have exclusive towing rights.

Attorney Val Washington, who represents Big Foot, told The Flint Journal the decision was flawed and a court will be asked to rule on the issue.

City Administrator Natasha L. Henderson said in a statement Thursday announcing the ruling that it “is a considerable win for our financially struggling city.”

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