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Suit to block battlefield Walmart may go forward

Orange County Circuit Judge Daniel Bouton has refused to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at blocking a Walmart-based shopping center near a historic Civil War battlefield.

In the 10-page opinion, available here, Bouton finds local citizens have standing to challenge the project and rules that a hearing on the merits is required to resolve critical claims.

Citizens and preservationists hope to overturn the decision of the Orange County supervisors to allow the large retail project near the site of the Wilderness battle.

By Peter Vieth

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