A lawsuit against the City of Maricopa and Private Motorsports Group was denied a hearing by Arizona Supreme Court.
Plaintiff Bonita Burks, represented by attorney Tim La Sota, filed a petition for review with the high court Aug. 14. The Supreme Court denied hearing the case March 5.
The case, Bonita Burks v. City of Maricopa, et al., alleges the city inappropriately granted a permit to Private Motorsports Group to build Apex Motor Club in an area that would cause her harm. Burks claimed in court filings Apex Motor Club had potential noise and traffic issues not properly considered in city reports.
The suit delayed the construction of the APEX Motor Club track in Maricopa by at least 18 months.
The original case was initially filed July 19, 2017, when Burks was still represented by attorney Grant Woods. At the Superior Court level, Judge Robert Olson ruled against Burks, who then filed in the appeals court. During the appeals process, La Sota became Burks’ primary counsel.
La Sota had previously represented Maricopa Citizens Protecting Taxpayers, an out-of-town group that sued the City over the Apex approval. That case, too, reached the Arizona Supreme Court, where it was rejected for review.
The property in dispute is at the northwest corner of State Route 238 and Ralston Road. Apex is currently under construction, with asphalt recently laid over the new track.
“We are just happy that all this silliness is over with,” said Matt Williams, vice president and co-founder of Apex Motor Club. “It was a lot to manage but thankfully the good guys won. It’s been a long three years.”
La Sota did not respond to a request for comment.