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Tue, 03/27/2012 - 1:16pm  

Kraft sues Foxboro in billboard dispute

Continuing a dispute over two billboards on land owned by Robert Kraft near Gillette Stadium, The Kraft Group filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the town of Foxboro on Monday, according to a Boston Globe report.

The suit charges that representatives of Kraft's company were repeatedly denied the right to speak at open public meetings. It seeks a declaration that the town has violated Kraft's constitutional free speech rights, and is requests damages and a court order preventing further violations.

The Kraft Group has managed the two billboards and split the advertising revenue with the town since a 2007 agreement. Town leaders now want to put the contract out to public bid, which Kraft maintains is not legal because the billboards are on his company's property. The town will ask Town Meeting voters in May to approve taking the land by eminent domain.

The breakdown in the relationship between the town and its largest taxpayer comes as Kraft tries to convince Foxboro to consider a resort casino near the stadium.

“Unfortunately, what I see is the relationship with the Krafts getting worse and worse," Board of Selectmen chairman Larry Harrington told the Globe. "It’s like the Hatfields and McCoys right now."

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