CHICAGO -- Ypsilanti Township in Michigan has filled suit against General Motors Corp. claiming that the gaint automaker cannot close an assembly plant because the township granted personal property tax abatements for the facility.

The lawsuit, filed April 29 in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, charges that General Motors has a contract with the township in which the automaker agreed to retain 4,900 jobs at its Willow Run assembly plant in exchange for a 50% tax abatement.

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