CLEVELAND -- The attorney for a parking lot owner downtown says a "handshake agreement"to form a Motion Picture Task Force between the City of Cleveland and the parking lot company that sued the "Captain America" movie companies over closing off its main downtown parking lot entrance, fell apart Friday morning in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The parking company -- Cuyahoga Lakefront LLC -- has now filed anew civil complaint in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
The new lawsuitcharges the City of Cleveland violated both the business owner's U.S. and Ohio Constitutional rights by authorizing the film companies to close off access to their property for 16 days.
Parking company attorney Michael Blumenthal met with attorneys from the City and the film companies Friday morning in the courtroom of Common Pleas Judge Janet Burnside, to finalize details of their first lawsuit.
The company believed it had worked out a "handshake agreement" with the City's legal counsel, Thomas Kaiser, about forming a film task force earlier in the week.
That agreement fell through this morning.
The proposed group, the Greater Cleveland Film Task Force, would have worked out new guidelines for future film productions in Cleveland, and develop rules to prevent the negative impacts on businesses and public roadways and streets that the "Captain America" filming has caused.
The task force would have been a joint effort by business owners, local government representatives, and members of the local film commission.
Cuyahoga Lakefront Land succeeded in getting a financial settlement from the two "Captain America" movie companies for their blocking off access to its Pit parking lot off of West 3rd Street.
Blumenthal said thenew lawsuit against the city in federal court does not affect that settlement.