Background of Lawsuit
Homestead Farms is a residential golf course community made up of over 600 homes in rural Lynden, Washington. The case, which was originally filed in May 2020, was initiated by a group of 11 homeowners who were unhappy with an increase in the monthly maintenance fees to maintain the golf course and residential common areas. Although many Homestead Farms community members have said the monthly fees are an appropriate cost of sharing the benefits of a maintained golf community, the class action attorneys and their clients disagreed and obtained certification to bring suit as a class action against the owner of the golf course property, 18 Paradise, LLP, and the company that was under contract to manage the golf course and residential common areas of the community, MJ Management, LLC. A number of community members have opted out of the litigation, some of which entered into the lawsuit as intervenors in early 2023.
Litigation surrounding the Homestead Farms Golf Course and over 600 homeowners of this exclusive neighborhood in Lynden has been dragging on for over three years.
About MJ Management
MJ Management had managed the golf course under the (d/b/a “Homestead Farms Golf Club”) since 2017. Founded by owner Mick O’Bryan and his business partner, Joshua Williams, the company operated under a lease and management agreement with 18 Paradise to run the golf course and provide maintenance services to the Homestead Farms residential common areas.
O’Bryan has been connected to Lynden and the golf course in various capacities for nearly 31 years. O’Bryan and his family live near the golf facility.
Updates on Lawsuit
A jury trial before Judge David Freeman in Whatcom County Superior Court had previously been set to begin on September 6th of 2023, but with the appearance of new counsel for MJ Management at a hearing on August 4, 2024, the trial date has been postponed to April 30, 2024.
Due to the financial impacts of the protracted litigation, including the non-payment of monthly assessments by residents, MJ Management was evicted from the golf course on August 1, 2023, and golf course operations have since ceased. Because of the eviction, MJ Management removed its equipment from the site, which included all the equipment for golf course operations and maintenance of the residential common areas. This most recent development is likely to further complicate the already complex litigation.
Case Update (August 31, 2023): Defendants, MJ Management, O’Bryan, and Williams file Motion to Disqualify Plaintiffs Counsel and Other Relief.
Case Update (September 6, 2023): Defendants, MJ Management, O’Bryan, and Williams file for Motion for Protective Order; Seeking Evidentiary Hearing.
Case Update (September 20, 2023): Defendants MJ Management, LLC, 18 Paradise, LLP and other defendants seek Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) for the removal of confidential documents from website operated by Class Action Plaintiffs. Order granted by Judge Grochmal on (September 21, 2023).
Case Update (October 26, 2023): Court holds two-day Evidentiary Hearing in relation to Defendants’ Motion to Disqualify Plaintiffs’ Counsel.
About Attorneys for MJ Management
MJ Management, Mick O’Bryan and Josh Williams are represented in this case by Jeffrey Possinger, of Possinger Law Group, PLLC from Woodinville, Washington, and attorney Reid Meyers from Anacortes. Both lawyers bring to this case extensive experience with complex and high-stakes (or high-profile) litigation. Mr. Meyers has significant experience in the golf industry.
- Lynden Tribune, Homestead suit now class-action of 100s of parcel owners (June 23, 2021)
- Lynden Tribune, Scholten father and son willing to run golf course, but not until lawsuit is gone (October 26, 2022)
- KGMI, Homestead Golf Club closes after dispute over maintenance fees (August 4, 2023)
- Possinger Law Group, Possinger Law Group Appears in Contentious Homestead Golf Course Litigation (August 9, 2023)
- Possinger Law Group, MJ Management Seeks Defendant Class Action Counterclaim in Ongoing Homestead Community Litigation (October 31, 2023)
- Lynden Tribune, Former Homestead managers seek to collect fees owed (November 16, 2023)
Recent News & Updates
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON A major change is expected in the Homestead Farms Golf Course litigation, should a recent filing in the case be granted by the court. On October 23, 2023, attorneys for Defendant MJ Management, LLC filed a motion requesting a change to MJ Management’s pleadings. This request includes an...
A website for the Homestead golf course litigation has gone live! Readers can visit and share the website (at www.homesteadgolfcourselitigation.info) to get informed on the background and facts of the ongoing case, learn about Possinger Law Group’s involvement, and stay updated on future developments. We look forward to sharing the...
BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON Litigation surrounding the Homestead Farms Golf Course and over 600 of the homeowners of this exclusive neighborhood in Lynden, Washington, has been raging for over three years. Last week, Jeffrey Possinger of Possinger Law Group of Woodinville and Anacortes attorney Reid Meyers appeared in the case on behalf...