Judge orders mediation in city’s lawsuit against Lawrence hotel

The judge presiding over the lawsuit filed by the City of Lawrence alleging Oread hotel developer Thomas Fritzel engaged in a fraudulent tax scheme has ordered mediation in the case.

The mediation order was filed in federal court Friday, and said that following a discussion with attorneys representing the city and Fritzel, the decision had been made that the parties should meet with a mediator.

“After thorough discussion with counsel regarding the responsive pleading deadlines and current posture of the case, the court enters the following orders: Based upon the discussions during the conference, the court believes this case would benefit from early mediation.”

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