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Judge levies $84.5 million penalty on Vikings owners

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A judge’s order that the Minnesota Vikings owners must pay $84.5 million to settle a lawsuit should not affect construction of a new stadium.

A New Jersey judge Monday ordered Vikings owners, brothers Zygi and Mark Wilf, and a cousin to pay that amount to former real estate partners in a 21-year-old racketeering lawsuit.

During a day-long Morristown, N.J., hearing, Judge Deanne Wilson said that the Wilfs “robbed their partners” in a 1980s apartment project.

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