The verdict struck a nerve with residents. Some felt the jury, culled from outside of Mammoth Lakes, sought to punish the posh ski town with its verdict. Others blamed the Town's legal defense team for not calling the proper witnesses.

The Town appealed the decision to the California Court of Appeal. In June of 2010, the court affirmed the verdict.

The Town pushed all the way to California's Supreme Court. In March 2011, the Town was told its appeal was denied. More troubling, interest had been accruing on the Town's judgment, and now exceeded $42 million.

The Town and Ballas made unsuccessful attempts to negotiate a settlement, while each side pointed fingers at the other.

By the summer of 2012, the Town Council had run out of options.

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