Skywalk developer appeals federal judge’s ruling

Peach Springs, Arizona (AP) April 2012

Attorneys for a Las Vegas developer are asking a federal appellate court to weigh in on a dispute over the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

A judge ruled earlier this month that David Jin’s attorneys must fight in Hualapai (WAHL’-uh-peye) tribal court to retain Jin’s contractual rights to the tourist attraction.

Jin’s attorneys contend the court narrowly interpreted a law regarding acts of bad faith that could exempt them from pursuing claims in tribal court.

They’ve appealed to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

The tribe and Jin have been locked in a yearlong dispute that led the tribe to cut Jin out of managing the Skywalk.

The glass bridge juts out 70 feet from the Grand Canyon on Hualapai land in northwestern Arizona, giving tourists a view of the Colorado River below.