Judge dismisses lawsuit against the Detroit Institute of Arts

Apr 4, 2013

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by five Macomb County residents against the Detroit Institute of Arts over admission fees to a special exhibition.

Macomb County Circuit Court Judge John C. Foster ruled Wednesday the residents didn't have standing to sue and said the cultural institution didn't violate the Michigan Consumer Protection Act.

The residents who sued say they're considering more legal options.

The December lawsuit followed the August approval of a 10-year millage by voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The museum said the tax would provide financial stability and permit it to offer free admission to residents of the counties.

The DIA charged a fee for admission to its "Faberge: The Rise and Fall" special exhibition. The DIA said only general admission was to be free.