Mediation ordered in Schweitzer chairlift vandalism lawsuit

Mediation ordered in Schweitzer chairlift vandalism lawsuit

Mediation ordered in Schweitzer chairlift vandalism lawsuit

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- A northern Idaho judge has ordered mediation ahead of a potential trial involving a lawsuit filed by Schweitzer Mountain Resort against a man the resort says slashed chairlift seat covers.

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Judge Barbara Buchanan ordered the mediation Wednesday between the resort and David Donald Markwardt.
 
If mediation fails, a trial is set to start July 28.
 
Schweitzer filed the lawsuit last spring contending Markwardt slashed more than 60 seat covers dating back to the 2011 season.
 
Criminal charges against the 63-year-old retired physician were dismissed in September after a judge ruled the state didn't prove the damages exceeded $1,000.
 
The state can file the charge of vandalism at the felony level again, but hasn't so far.

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