05/30/2013 02:49 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2013

Ambassador Bridge Owners File Court Action To Stop Rival NITC Bridge | Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON -- The owners of the Ambassador Bridge said in court papers filed Thursday the U.S. State Department had no right to issue a permit for a new rival span to be built across the Detroit River and asked a judge to throw it out despite the agency's decades-long history of signing off on international bridges and crossings.

The filing by lawyers for Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun in U.S. District Court in Washington had been widely anticipated since the State Department, on April 12, issued what's known as a presidential permit -- one of the final clearances needed before construction on a New International Trade Crossing, or NITC, could begin.

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