City loses federal suit brought by former civic center pizza vendor

According to the Rapid City Journal, a federal jury verdict will require Rapid City and the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to pay an evicted civic center vendor more than $100,000 for the loss of his lease and business.

"Kyle Soltesz sued in federal court after the civic center evicted him during the 2011 Black Hills Stock Show," Rapid City Journal said. "Among his claims were breach of lease, interference with business relationships and violation of due process. After almost four days of testimony and three hours of deliberation, the jury on Nov. 21 awarded Soltesz $75,000 in damages for mental and emotional suffering and $37,562 for lost wages, salary, profits, reasonable value of working time, equipment or inventory. The jury did award the civic center $14,820 in damages for commission money owed by Soltesz. He had attempted to pay that amount several times after he was evicted in 2011, according to Baron Hoey."

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