Aurora wins legal battle against Denver in Gaylord Rockies hotel project

AURORA, Colo. - A Denver District Court Judge Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit filed by a group of mostly Denver hotels against Aurora's Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center, clearing the way for the 1,500-room hotel and water park near Denver International Airport.

Judge Norman Haglund ruled that none of the claims by the plaintiffs to block the project had standing. In the lawsuit, the hotel group had sought to overturn the $81.4 million award to Aurora under the Regional Tourism Act by the Colorado Economic Development Commission in 2012.

"We're very pleased with the judge's decision and we obviously agree with him," said attorney Thomas Snyder, who represented Aurora in the legal battle.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs said they will decide whether to fight the ruling.

Read more in The Denver Post.