The city’s bizarre legal battle with APARC, a “parking-solutions” company that broke its promise to fix Juneau’s parking problem, has finally come full circle. On Wednesday, six months to the day after a U.S. District Court judge awarded the city $1.2 million in its suit against APARC, the same judge reinstated the same award, which was previously vacated when the parking company declared bankruptcy.
Last month, the city won a legal victory in Bankruptcy Court, lifting the retroactive stay that had vacated the summary judgment the city won against APARC on June 2. This allowed the U.S. District Court to reinstate the summary judgment and the award that came with it.
With the summary judgment once again in hand, the city has submitted a proof of claim in Bankruptcy Court to make sure that if APARC has any money, the CBJ has a chance to get some of it. Unfortunately—after more than a year of litigation at this point—the chances that the city will see any of the money it was awarded, let alone the full amount, are “remote at best,” City Attorney Amy Mead said.
“Now we’re just waiting to see what comes out of the Bankruptcy Court,” she said. “I have serious doubts that we’ll ever see the full $1.2 million.”