Jury awards $128.6M to failed solar town developer

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Updated: 4/01/2014 2:18 pm

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — A Kings County jury has awarded $128.6 million to developers of a proposed solar-powered city who claimed the land sellers broke a contract when they sold the parcels and water rights to someone else.

The Fresno Bee reported the verdict against McCarthy Family Farms and San Francisco Bay Area developer John Vidovich and Sandridge Partners.

The plaintiffs, Kings County Ventures and Green Renewable Organic and Water Holdings, sued after the deal fell through in 2009 for their Quay Valley project.

They argued that McCarthy Farms breached a contract when they sold the land and water rights to Vidovich and Sandridge Partners, which included members of Vidovich's family.

The award included $73.4 million in compensatory damages and $55.2 million in punitive damages.

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