NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A court battle over Maid of the Mist's new storage facility being built on the American side has been scuttled.
A judge dismissed the lawsuit filed by Hornblower Cruises, the California company that will offer boar tours on the Canadian side next season. Hornblower had argued that New York State acted inappropriately by offering Maid of the Mist a new contract without offering it up for public bidding first.
But the court ruled the state did not offer Maid of the Mist a new contract and was instead modifying the terms of a previously existing agreement.
Had the court sided with Hornblower, it likely would have spelled the end of Maid of the Mist. Hornblower had stated they would outbid Maid of the Mist by $100 million in order to take over tours on the American side of the Falls.
Maid of the Mist released this statement following Thursday's ruling:
"This decision further validates the Maid of the Mist's belief that it followed all of the proper channels in obtaining approval for this project, and that this project is in the best interests of Western New York."
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