Third District Court

Park City Film Studios

Third District Court Judge Kara Petit Tuesday heard a variety of legal  motions and oral arguments involving the Park City Film Studios fight. Behind the details - involving case law, competing motions and disputes over history - there are two competing narratives from movie studio developer Greg Ericksen and financier Gary Crandall. Each party is saying that he was taken advantage of by the other. Rick Brough has more.

Bates Steps Up to Bench

Jun 22, 2016

Summit County's chief criminal prosecutor, Matthew Bates, is stepping up to the bench of the Third District Court.  The Utah Senate confirmed his appointment by a unanimous vote.    Governor Gary Herbert appointed Bates to fill a vacancy on the bench left by the retirement of Judge Charlene Barlow.  The Third District covers Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.  Bates has served with the Summit County Attorney's office since 2011.  Before that, he was an appellate attorney in both criminal and civil matters at the Utah State Attorney General's office from 2006 to 2008.

graphic by Monika Guendner / KPCW

The legal fight over the Park City Movie Studio has taken a dramatic new turn. The financier for the project, Gary Crandall, has dropped his claim that he is a partner in the development, and says he will pursue his remedies as a lender.

Meanwhile, the attorney for studio developer Greg Ericksen says they expect Crandall will try to hold a trustee's sale of the property as soon as late May. KPCW's Rick Brough has more.

As we've reported, many charges and counter-charges were made as the Park city Film Studios lawsuit went back to Third District Court for oral arguments. Among those, the attorney for studio developer Greg Ericksen said his client has been gratuitously defamed by the financier for the development, Gary Crandall. The attorney emphatically denied that Ericksen sought to establish a position of trust with Crandall based on their mutual membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rick Brough has more.

Opposing attorneys in the Park City Film Studios lawsuit appeared in Third District Court Monday. Judge Kara Pettit heard charges and counter-charges in the case between studio developer Greg Ericksen and his financier Gary Crandall. The judge took the arguments under advisement and will issue a written ruling later. Rick Brough has more.

Opposing lawyers went to Third District Court last week to argue a lawsuit that is still pending after four years - an outgrowth of a trial in 2011, when the then operator of the Canyons, American Skiing Company of Utah, won a massive jury award against Wolf Mountain, the principal owner there. Afterwards, ASCU attorneys filed suit, alleging that the principals of Wolf Mountain carried out an insider land sale to keep a subdivison property at Canyons out of the jury award,d After arguments last week, Judge Paige Petersen didn't make a decision, but a ruling is scheduled for this week.

A panel of judges is scheduled to convene early next month at Summit County's Third District Court to hear from citizens who want to plead their case calling for a grand jury. Rick Brough has more.

Wells Fargo Bank, which has sued nearly a dozen companies affiliated with Talisker, is asking Third District Court to schedule a hearing as soon as possible, to appoint a receiver who will take over the Tuhaye Golf Development and other collateral pledged by the defendants.  The bank has nominated a California real-estate consultant to carry out a foreclosure of the properties, since the defendants have allegedly defaulted on a debt of nearly $164 million.

A Third District Judge in Summit County is ordering a woman accused of posing as a lawyer to stay out of the legal profession. Rick Brough has the story.

A co-counsel in the recent ski resort legal fight may one day be presiding over the Third District Court in Summit County. Kara Pettit, one of the attorneys representing Talisker and Vail Resorts, has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Third District Court. Rick Brough has more.