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November 14. 2012 8:29PM

Judge throws out lawsuit against Balsams owners

CONCORD - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that the sale of the Balsams Grand Hotel was fraudulent, clearing the way for the new owners to proceed with renovations and plans to reopen the resort.

Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Richard McNamara issued the ruling last week, saying Andy Martin had no legal standing in his effort to block the sale. McNamara went on to say all other motions filed by Martin, including a request to amend his complaint, were moot and ruled in favor of the resort's new ownership.

McNamara noted that Martin, a self-proclaimed "corruption fighter" had no ownership stake in the Balsams or the trust that sold it and was not involved in the transaction of the historic property in Dixville Notch in any way.

"In fact, other than being a customer at the Balsams at one time, was not affected by the events leading up to the sale or the sale itself," McNamara wrote.

McNamara noted Martin is not licensed to practice law in New Hampshire or any other state. He has a history of filing similar lawsuits, and a federal judge in the 1980s ordered him to stop.

"We hope to put this nuisance litigation behind us so we can proceed with renovations that will restore the Balsams Grand Resort and create hundreds of jobs for New Hampshire's North Country," said Scott Tranchemontagne, a spokesman for the new ownership.

The Balsams is among The National Trust for Historic Preservation's prestigious list of "Historic Hotels in America." It is also the site where residents have traditionally cast ballots at midnight for the first votes in New Hampshire's presidential primary.

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Doug Alden may be reached at dalden@unionleader.com.



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