Mario's Gelati Settles Vancouver Olympics Ice Cream Lawsuit

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Mario's Gelati says it lost business when construction of the Vancouver Olympics Athletes Village dragged on for months. (Courtesy Mario Lapointe) | Mario Lapointe

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver ice cream shop owner has settled out of court with organizers of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Mario's Gelati filed a lawsuit against the Vancouver organizing committee, the city and the federal and provincial governments seeking more than $2.5 million for lost business due to construction of the Athletes Village near his business.

VANOC staff initially promised roadwork outside the shop would only take a few weeks but it dragged on for more than seven months.

The case was slated to go to court this month, but a settlement was reached in September.

Details of the settlement are guarded by a confidentiality agreement.

Coast Range Heliskiing of Pemberton, B.C., also launched a lawsuit claiming Olympic security screening and no-fly zones over Whistler made it impossible to do business. (CKNW-The Canadian Press)

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