FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A federal appeals court says a Nevada developer must
exhaust his legal battle over the Grand Canyon Skywalk contract dispute in
tribal court before going to the federal level.
A lawyer for Las Vegas businessman David Jin told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals in San Francisco last October that the Hualapai tribal
court system lacks authority to hear the case.
Tribal attorneys say the operation of the popular glass bridge in northern
Arizona is governed by Hualapai law.
Jin invested $30 million to build the bridge that opened in 2007. He and the
tribe have disagreed on management fees and an incomplete visitors’ center.
The tribal corporation that manages Skywalk also is appealing a $28 million
judgment for Jin upheld last month by an Arizona federal judge.