Rio Nuevo has new lawyer in Garfield-Traub suit

2013-07-02T15:16:00Z 2013-07-02T16:18:51Z Rio Nuevo has new lawyer in Garfield-Traub suitPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Whether Garfield-Traub Development Arizona’s lawsuit against the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District ever makes it to trial remains unknown, but if it does new attorneys will be in Rio Nuevo’s corner.

Rio Nuevo has asked for and received the go-ahead to have new lawyers represent it in the case filed in 2011.

Gone from the case is Sean E. Brearcliffe, from the firm Rusing Lopez & Lizardi, to be replaced by Michael Rusing and Todd Hardy, both from the same law firm.

Brearcliffe left the firm because Gov. Jan Brewer appointed him as a judge to Pima County Superior Court.

Brearcliffe works in the family law division.

Garfield-Traub filed the breach of contract claim against Rio Nuevo for cancelling a contract to develop a downtown hotel. The company also named then-Rio Nuevo board members Jodi Bain and Jonathan Paton in the suit, saying the two damaged the company by commenting publicly about a dispute over the amount of money the company had billed Rio Nuevo.

The case also could be delayed as well, with possible trial date set for February instead of November.

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