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Founder of resort for ultra-rich ordered to appear in Montana court for contempt hearing


BILLINGS, Montana — The founder of a Montana mountain resort for the ultra-rich has been ordered to appear in federal court to decide if he remains in contempt over a Mexico property sale that landed him briefly in jail.

U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon ordered one-time billionaire Tim Blixseth of Washington state to appear April 20 in Helena.

Blixseth has judgments against him for more than $240 million from the Yellowstone Club's creditors. The private ski and golf club near Big Sky went bankrupt right after Blixseth turned it over to his ex-wife in 2008. It's now under new ownership.

Haddon jailed Blixseth for contempt in December for failing to fully disclose what happened to $13.8 million dollars from a property sale in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Blixseth was freed after seven days by an appeals court.

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