The Cliffs involved in ongoing trial in Palo Pinto County
This ongoing trial is a part of the Lake Country Sun, which runs in the midweek edition of The Graham Leader. The continuation of coverage will be in the Wednesday, May 1 edition.
A dispute of suspected price gouging, poor water and sewage systems and claims of breach of contract against developer and operator of the gated golf and resort community at The Cliffs were topics at court on Monday, April 22 before the Texas 29th Judicial District Judge Michael Moore.
Property owners of The Cliffs filed a lawsuit against Mike Ward, developer and operator of the Cliffs Resort, Double Diamond Inc. in which Ward is president, CEO, and majority owner and chairman of the board of the Dallas-based company, Double Diamond Management Corp., Double Diamond Utilities and other related Double Diamond entities tied to The Cliffs Resort.
Representing the property owners at The Cliffs are Mack Ed Swindle and Prichard Bevis of Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz, of Fort Worth, and Tim Ford, of Mineral Wells.
Ward’s lawyer, Michael Myers and Darryl Silvera, of the Silvera Law Firm in Dallas, argue the “service agreement says what it says,” a five-year trial balance along with backup documents were provided to the plaintiff, there is no evidence of the claims. In addition, the POA owes Double Diamond between $1.3 to $1.4 million for reimbursement of expenses occurred.
Prior to opening statements Judge Moore made it known to both parties, “I want to give you a heads up how I feel about this.” Moore spoke of a management company out of Houston stating, “they were in an informal relationship and there are a lot of similarities between these two cases.
For the rest of the story see the Saturday, April 27 edition of The Graham Leader.