Lawsuit over Marshall Mountain purchase claims Realtor interfered

Jordan Hansen

A Missouri doctor and his wife have expanded their Missoula County District Court lawsuit claiming a local realtor interfered with their plan to buy the former Marshall Mountain ski area.

Dr. Spencer Melby and Collette Melby filed their original complaint in May against former Marshall Mountain owners Bruce and Kim Doering, after a deal they made to purchase the property fell through. The updated lawsuit was filed on Dec. 15, and adds real estate agent Dawn Maddux and Engel & Völkers Western Frontier, a realty company, as defendants. The suit requests damages and a trial by jury.

The Melbys’ original suit sought to acquire the title of the 156-acre property after it was sold to Izzy Dog LLC.

Izzy Dog LLC, a company that includes Rick and Rita Wishcamper, as well as Pam and Sandy Volkmann, is leasing the property to the city of Missoula for 18 to 24 months. The city is expected to buy the property after the lease ends.

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