Eye On Boise

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2009, 2:43 P.M.

Tamarack lawyer quitting for lack of pay; bad sign for season startup

The Associated Press is reporting that the lawyer for Tamarack Resort, Steve Millemann, has asked a 4th District judge for permission to withdraw because the resort "no longer has funds available" to pay him. That's not a good sign for efforts by homeowners at the resort who are trying to arrange for the ski lifts to open this winter. Below is the full story from AP.

Tamarack opening in doubt - and its lawyer quits

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Homeowners hoping to convince a judge to let them reopen Idaho's Tamarack Resort this winter still don't have a court date, another blow to their last-ditch plan to fire up lifts by Christmas.

By Wednesday, 4th District Court Judge Patrick Owen had yet to schedule a hearing on the homeowner's $7.9 million proposal, which already was being fought by Zurich-based Credit Suisse Group.

Meanwhile, the lawyer who represented the resort 90 miles north of Boise during its rise in the early 2000s to its fall amid the collapse of the real-estate bubble is quitting.

Steve Millemann asked Owen this week for permission to withdraw because the resort "no longer has funds available" to pay him.

Credit Suisse heads a lender group that sued after the resort failed to repay a $250 million construction loan.

With Millemann's exit, it's unclear who will represent Tamarack at a jury trial set for March.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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