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File #: 55519    Version: 1 Name: Authorizing a Settlement with Bell Great Lakes, LLC dba Taco Bell Cantina
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/23/2019 In control: Attorney's Office
On agenda: 5/21/2019 Final action: 5/21/2019
Enactment date: 5/24/2019 Enactment #: RES-19-00392
Title: Authorizing a Settlement Agreement with Bell Great Lakes LLC, dba Taco Bell Cantina and Issuing a Class B Beer and Class C Wine License to Bell Great Lakes, LLC
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Michael E. Verveer, Patrick W. Heck
Attachments: 1. Signed Settlement Agreement, 2. Unsigned Settlement Agreement, 3. Bell Great Lakes LLC Revised 2018 Application for Class B Beer and Class C Wine
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Title
Authorizing a Settlement Agreement with Bell Great Lakes LLC, dba Taco Bell Cantina and Issuing a Class B Beer and Class C Wine License to Bell Great Lakes, LLC
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WHEREAS, Bell Great Lakes LLC (“Bell”) applied to the City of Madison (“City”) for a Class B Beer / Class C Wine license for its Taco Bell Cantina restaurant at 534 State Street in Madison; and
WHEREAS, the City's Alcohol License Review Committee ("ALRC") and Common Council approved Bell's license application, with agreed-upon conditions, as shown in Legistar File No. 49261 (the "License"), but the License was vetoed by the Mayor thereafter, and the Council lacked the two-thirds majority necessary to override this veto; and
WHEREAS, on April 13, 2018, Bell filed suit in the Dane County Circuit Court, with the City as Defendant, alleging that the City's rejection of the License was arbitrary and capricious, and without evidentiary support, Bell Great Lakes LLC v. City of Madison, Case No. 2018CV000971 (Dane County Circuit Court); and
WHEREAS, on December 21, 2018, the Circuit Court issued a Decision and Order finding in Bell's favor and ordering the City to grant Bell the License ("12/21/2018 Decision"); and
WHEREAS, on January 25, 2019, the City filed a Notice of Appeal with the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, which appealed the 12/21/18 Decision (Appeal No. 2019AP000235), which challenge is currently pending (this Appeal and the Circuit Court proceeding hereafter collectively referred to as the "Litigation"); and
WHEREAS, the Parties now wish to resolve the Litigation and the dispute between them without further cost and uncertainty; and
WHEREAS, the City wants to avoid the possibility of a Court of Appeals decision with statewide precedential value that limits is authority with respect to issuing future liquor licenses.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Madison:
1. The Settlement Agreement attached to this Re...

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