A married couple who beat the Columbine Country Club in court this fall are still waiting for the business to pay them $34,000 and have recorded a lien against it.
On Oct. 14, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Paul King ordered the CCC to pay $34,284 in attorney fees to Henry and Kristina Adams. The CCC had accused the Adamses of boorish behavior and kicked them out in 2021, prompting the Adamses to sue the club.
The Adamses didn’t seek readmission to the club, only copies of the complaints against them. The CCC argued the Adamses were not entitled to them and would use the documents to exact revenge on club members who complained about them.
In June, Arapahoe County District Court Judge John Scipione sided with the Adamses and ordered the club to turn over the records. Scipione also took the club to task, writing that it had “ambushed” the Adamses with two-year-old allegations and “effectively rigged” its disciplinary process because it “was on a mission to rid the CCC of” the couple.
Court records show the roughly $34,000 judgment against the club still hasn’t been paid, two months after King’s order. On Nov. 4, the Adamses recorded a transcript of judgment against the club, which formally places a lien on its property near Littleton.
“The continued refusal of CCC to resolve, or even acknowledge, its obligations represents a continuation of the unjustified infliction of harm that CCC has caused to the Adamses over the course of the last year and a half,” said their attorney, Christopher Groen of Fox Rothschild.
In a statement, the country club, which was represented in the dispute by Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, said it only recently learned about the issue.
“The club was unaware until late last week that a transcript of judgment had been issued, as the court’s docket still does not indicate that it has,” the statement said. “Now that this step is completed, the club has authorized payment through its attorneys.”
The Adamses’ case was one of two lawsuits against the club this year. In July, former member James Battaglia, 53, sued the club after he was kicked out for not paying fees. The son of a former club president accused the club of “heavy-handed treatment.”
That case is ongoing. Last month, attorneys for both sides told an Arapahoe County judge they “are optimistic that a settlement may become feasible” in the coming months.