American Skiing Company wants Griswold grilled
With The Canyons suing its landlord Wolf Mountain Resorts for about $100 million a slew of depositions is slated in the case.
"We have $100 million in damages we’re claiming against Wolf Mountain," said John Lund, an attorney who represents American Skiing Company, parent company to The Canyons.
Lund said he is trying to schedule depositions for "key witnesses" in the case at a recent hearing in 3rd District Court in the Snyderville Basin.
Wolf Mountain objects to an order from Judge Bruce Lubeck that allows ASC to question Wolf Mountain Resorts Managing Partner Kenny Griswold by the end of September.
"The court stated no depositions would be set absent agreement of the parties, or the order of the court," Wolf Mountain Resorts claims in court papers filed Sept. 16.
American Skiing Co. has an opportunity to depose Wolf Mountain Sept. 30 at 1:30 p.m., Wolf attorney Bruce Moore claims.
A 2006 lawsuit filed by the former parent company to The Canyons, American Skiing Co., seeks to recover millions of dollars in damages that have resulted from Wolf Mountain’s alleged interference in dealings at the resort.
Officials at The Canyons blame Wolf Mountain for blocking construction of a golf course at the resort. About 20 landowners at the resort agreed in the late 1990s to a complicated development arrangement at The Canyons that required each provide land, easements or other concessions for the course in exchange for development approvals.
But Griswold’s refusal to cooperate has left the other landowners in limbo, the lawsuit states.
Many depositions could occur in the case.
Depositions for Griswold and Wolf Mountain Resorts attorney Paul Peters may last three days each, Lubeck acknowledged in his eight-page ruling and order filed Sept. 2.
"In the interest of getting some momentum going I have sent letters over the last month or so to all counsel seeking dates for some of these key witnesses," Lund told Lubeck at an August hearing.
The breach-of-contract case against Wolf Mountain concerns "many, many different breaches in play, with 10 years of dealings between the parties," Lund said.
Wolf Mountain attorney Victoria Fitlow insists that "this is going to be a big discovery haul to get through."
"We’re all fighting over the same ski resort that is worth quite a lot of money," Fitlow said.
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