Owner of K-MTN-TV named in lawsuit
Allegations of fraud, breach of contract and racketeering are part of a lawsuit that names the owner of K-MTN-TV as a defendant.
K-MTN-TV is owned by Mike Conway, a Meyers resident. The station broadcasts wilderness productions and resort-related programming around Lake Tahoe Basin.
The complaint, filed in March, states Conway is affiliated with Resort Recreation Network, a business it claims has not made good on a contract with a business in Aspen called Mountain Life Network. Conway is identified as vice president/director of programming of RRN.
The lawsuit says the contract agreed to in August 1999 required RRN to provide programming and national advertising to the network, something it claims they have not done since spring 2000.
“We don’t have anything to do with (the lawsuit),” said Conway, of the station he owns. “It would do yourself and the paper a disservice in printing it. We’re in 75,000 houses around Lake Tahoe and we do news in this town and we’re not touching it … it’s just not that interesting.”
Conway recommended the Tahoe Daily Tribune contact Monte Rios, president of RRN, a company reportedly based in Kingston, N.Y. By RRN’s request that phone number is not listed.
When asked to describe his relationship to RRN, Conway said, “That’s my business.”
John R. Beatty, the attorney representing the Aspen network, is requesting a jury trial and is seeking as much as $591,200 in damages.
Beatty refused to comment on the case but did say lawyers representing Conway and other parties named in the suit, such as Sitour USA, recently filed a request to move the case to federal court in Denver.
“We did move it to federal court but that’s automatic because the parties are from different states and it’s for an amount greater than $75,000,” said Christine Lamb, an attorney for Davis, Graham & Stubbs, a law firm in Denver representing Conway. “We’re actually moving to dismiss the case, the contract stipulates that legal action can’t be brought in Colorado. There’s also another issue, there’s an arbitration provision in contract which may require arbitration rather than a lawsuit.”
Arbitration is defined by The American Heritage Dictionary as a process by which the parties to a dispute submit their differences to the judgment of an impartial person or group appointed by mutual consent or statutory provision.
Beside breach of contract, Mountain Life Network’s lawsuit alleges fraud and racketeering. It states: “The Defendants have committed multiple acts in several states within the United States which perpetuate the fraudulent existence of these corporations … The Defendants fraudulently misrepresented to the Plaintiff that RRN, Sitour USA, and Sitour North America were duly authorized to do business in the State of New York and any other states in which they were doing business.”
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