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DETROIT-Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano has authorized a lawsuit against the county’s former landlord at the Old Wayne County Building at 600 Randolph St. In the suit, county officials allege that the venture that made up Old Wayne County Building LP had overcharged the county on rent, and also owes the county at least $18 million to repay back a promissory note. The county, which moved out of the Randolph site after purchasing the Guardian Building downtown about three years ago, is also threatening to foreclose on its former site unless its claims are met.

“This is taxpayer money that’s owed legitimately,” Ficano tells GlobeSt.com. “We’re doing what any other business would do.” He says the defendants have until July to respond to the complaint in Wayne County Circuit Court.

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