Touchy, Touchy Millionaires

A condo association in Snowmass Village, just outside of Aspen, Colorado, is filing a lawsuit against the town. Owners in the Sonnenblick Condominiums complain that the town council illegally approved the placement of two cell phone antennas on top of the Westin Hotel.

Sprint says it needs the antennas to improve cell phone reception in the Aspen area. These things are not exactly cell phone towers. One of the two antennas will extend beyond the roof line by about three feet. But the condo association says those three extra feet will ruin their view of the mountains.

These kinds of lawsuits sometimes backfire against the plaintiffs who get hit with huge special assessments to pay off all the lawyers. 

But these homeowners can afford a frivolous lawsuit here and there. Just to live in a ski town like Snowmass you’ve got to have a mass of money. And all the lawyers involved in this case will take a good-sized chunk of that cash.

All over three feet.

(click here for Aspen Daily News story)


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

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