Jury selection starts in Keystone season pass trial
Breckenridge, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE – A seven-member jury will decide whether some of Keystone’s earliest investors will regain the right to rent their lifetime season passes.
The passes were issued to the stockholders as part of the compensation for their $25,000 investment. In 2006, Vail Resorts, which bought Keystone in 1996, said it would no longer allow the practice of renting those passes. Some of the passholders reportedly made several thousand dollars per year doing so.
Jury selection for the trial began Monday in District Court in Breckenridge, with many of the prospective jurors being excused because of close ties to Vail Resorts.
District Court Judge Karen Romeo succinctly summarized the case for the jury pool before beginning the selection process. According to Romeo, the plaintiffs are claiming that they were given the passes without any restrictions that would preclude renting them.
Vail Resorts and its attorneys would not comment on the case directly, but spokesperson Kelly Ladyga was quoted in a story published in Law Week Colorado last week, “We will always vigorously defend our rights when others abuse their privileges.”
More than 20 pass holders are now suing Vail Resorts in an attempt to get the court to issue an injunction that would force Vail Resorts to honor rented season passes. Some of the pass holders are also seeking punitive damages to compensate for lost rental income.
In the Law Week Colorado article, some of the pass holders were quoted as saying that passes were considered a financial part of their retirement planning. The plaintiffs claim Vail Resorts changed the rules and breached its contract with the pass holders.
In the same Law Week article, attornies for the plaintiffs were quoted as saying the passes were originally issued without any restrictions attached. They claim the ban on rentals is in violation of the original agreement between Keystone and the pass holders.