The legal battle between Refuge Golf and Country Club and property owners won’t be heading to the Arizona Supreme Court, but drama could be unfolding elsewhere if the Refuge is selected as a location for a Bravo TV show.
On Tuesday, the court declined a petition submitted on behalf of Refuge Country Club owners Jerry and Cindy Aldridge requesting the court reverse previous rulings that, among other decisions, blocked plans for an RV park on the property. The possible TV show would have nothing to do with the current legal proceedings, Jennifer Geisser of NBCUniversal said in an email Wednesday.
As TV producers consider the Refuge, a trial court will decide how attorney’s fees will be handled. According to the appeal’s court 2016 decision, a trial court ruled in March 2014 to award more than $2.35 million in attorneys’ fees plus taxable costs against Refuge Owners, which was then appealed.
On Jan. 5 of this year, the appeals court granted the plaintiff’s application for attorneys’ fees and awarded $130,000 in fees and $262 in costs to Thienes Appellees against the Refuge owners.
Since then, some Refuge Community Association members were banned from the country club and remained unwelcome after the Supreme Court decision.
“The Supreme Court has decided not to hear our case regarding the nuisance claim injunction that closed the RV Park four years ago. The injunction may be modified by a simple agreement between the Refuge POA and the Golf Club however, the Refuge POA Board has refused to have any meaningful discussion regarding mitigation of the nuisance. Accordingly, the Club is still off-limits to the non-equity members of the Refuge Community Association,” Jerry Aldridge said.
In a Dec. 7 letter responding to a previous settlement offer from the RGCC owners, attorneys representing homeowners said negotiations would be tricky and could require board approval and other member-approved amendments.
Attorneys representing the homeowners did not immediately return calls for comment on Wednesday.