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COPY-Vikings owners face $84.5M fine in NJ case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Attorneys for Minnesota Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf say they will appeal a New Jersey judge's ruling that they pay $84.5 million in damages stemming from a 1980s real estate deal.

The ruling from Superior Court Judge Deanne Wilson orders the Wilfs and their cousin, Leonard Wilf, to pay compensatory and punitive damages to plaintiffs Josef Halpern and Ada Reichmann.

Wilf attorney Peter Harvey says he believes the judge made mistakes that will not withstand an appeal.

The Wilfs' attorneys and a team spokesman say the ruling will not affect construction of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Harvey says it's likely appeals will drag final resolution of the case past the planned 2016 opening of the stadium.

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