A lawsuit filed against Oprah Winfrey, accusing her of blocking hikers' access to trails near her property in Colorado, has been dismissed after it was lodged in the wrong courthouse.
The talk show icon purchased 66 acres of land close to the town of Telluride in March (14), but in May (14), local resident Charles D. Goodman, who owns a neighbouring property, launched legal action against Winfrey, claiming the star and her associates had failed to protect access to footpaths on the estate.
He alleged Winfrey, the land's former owners and officials in the town of Mountain Village had made a secret deal to close access to the hiking trails, but San Miguel County District Court Judge Steven Patrick tossed out the suit this week (ends18Jul14) after ruling the complaint should have been filed in Mountain Village Municipal Court.
The judge also warned Goodman that re-filing the suit would probably end in failure again, because there was little case law to support his claims.
Winfrey is reportedly planning to build a mansion and guest house on the property.