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Former Trinitas golf course owners civil rights suit moved

Former Trinitas golf course owners civil rights suit moved out of Federal Court

The former owners of the ill-fated Trinitas golf course will likely have their $12 million civil rights suit against Calaveras County moved from a Federal Bankruptcy Court to the U.S. District Court for Eastern California in Fresno. According to the legal firm representing Michael and Michelle Nemee, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ronald Sargis has indicated he will file to have the jurisdiction changed prior to a November 28th status hearing. Sargis ruled against the Nemees after hearing their suit in October 2011 that sought to overturn the County’s order to stop golf activity at the course. The Nemees then lost the golf course to foreclosure in April and a U.S. District Court Judge ruled an appeal of the agritourism suit had thus been rendered moot. That ruling has since been appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which should begin in October. The civil rights suit names several former county employees and alleges they denied the couple’s rights to due process in handling the project. The amount sought is intended to reimburse them monetarily for the investment they ultimately lost when the 280 acres near Wallace were foreclosed upon and sold.

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