Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has appealed a court ruling requiring him and his family to pay $100 million in damages and legal fees over a broken deal to develop an apartment complex in his home state of New Jersey.
Wilf, his brother Mark Wilf and cousin Leonard Wilf filed their appeal Wednesday in New Jersey Superior Court's Appellate Division, likely extending for years a civil case that has already spent 21 years working its way through the courts. They are seeking to overturn a ruling in which the court found that the real estate developers committed fraud, violated civil racketeering laws and deprived a former business partner of contractual payments.
While the case involves a long-ago deal on the East Coast, it has piqued immense interest in Minnesota because the Wilfs own the Vikings and won a large public subsidy toward a new $1 billion stadium about to be built. Zygi Wilf is the team's general partner, but both Mark and Leonard Wilf own stakes in the team.
As part o...