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A referendum on the Walmart Supercenter annexation scheduled for April 18 is now on hold for a May 3 hearing where arguments for a lawsuit against the town will be heard.

The lawsuit, which includes representatives from developers in the annexation and town residents, challenges the town’s decision to certify the referendum petition.

The lawsuit alleges that the referendum petition contains irregularities and violates state law.

Referendum petitioners, represented by Bowie attorney Traci Scudder, also will participate in the hearing, according to the Maryland Judiciary Case Search.

Town Manager Daniel Mears said that depending on the results of the lawsuit, the town will schedule a new date for the referendum after the hearing.

Judge James J. Lombardi, a retired Prince George’s County circuit judge, is presiding over the case.