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ASPEN – A Snowmass Village resident is suing Jay’s Valet Parking on allegations that the Aspen firm falsely reported to police that he was drinking and driving.

Richard Goodwin filed suit against the company Friday in Pitkin County District Court.

His complaint alleges that on July 31, 2009, he was the passenger in a car that was parked on East Hopkins Avenue. There, an employee with Jay’s Valet told him to move the car or pay a valet-fee charge, because the vehicle was parked in a valet spot.

Goodwin offered to have his companion move the car instead, but the employee “refused and insisted that payment be made,” the suit says.

The employee, Juan Cavanna, who’s also a defendant in the suit, then reported to police that Goodwin had been driving the car and was under the influence. The report was false, the suit alleges, and was done “for an ulterior motive and primarily for the improper purpose of pressuring [Goodwin] to pay the valet charge …” the suit says.

Goodwin was later arrested for DUI, but the charge was dropped, the suit says

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The suit accuses Cavanna and Jay’s Valet of malicious prosecution, abuse of process, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

ASPEN – A jury trial over a girl whose left earlobe was bitten off by a horse was called off Monday after a settlement was reached a day earlier.

Parents Scott Birkholz and Tiffany Britt, along with their 6-year-old daughter, had sued Maroon Bells Lodge and Outfitters over the mishap, which occurred Aug. 19, 2006.

A confidential settlement was struck Sunday, with funds exchanging hands, court documents said. The trial was supposed to be held in Pitkin County District Court.

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