Jam attorney: Documents returned by bash planner

An attorney for Bobby Willis has returned at least some of the documents at the center of a lawsuit with Country Jam.

Joe Coleman, the Grand Junction attorney who represents Country Jam, said a package with “several hundred” documents arrived at his office Monday afternoon and were mailed by Kyle Finch, a New Mexico attorney representing Bobby Willis.

Willis, who looked into buying Country Jam last year, is the man behind Bobby’s Birthday Bash, a country music festival he is trying to host on the same weekend as Country Jam.

Coleman said he and his staff haven’t verified if the documents account for everything subject to confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements between Country Jam and Willis late last year.

“Please note that we do not believe all of the enclosed documents are subject to the agreement,” Finch wrote in a letter that accompanied the package.

A copy of the letter was provided to The Daily Sentinel by Coleman.

“In addition, many of the documents are not confidential information because they are readily available from other public sources,” Finch’s letter reads. “Nonetheless, in an effort to be conservative, we have attempted to include any documentation provided by your clients.”

Coleman and the Wisconsin-based ownership of Country Jam filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 11, claiming Willis failed to return proprietary information despite multiple requests to do so by Country Jam after a deal fell through late last year for Willis to buy the Mack festival for $8.2 million.

Coleman claims Willis is using those same documents to help plan his competing festival in Loma, slated for June 23–25, overlapping with Country Jam, and Willis is in violation of confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements signed by both sides.

Willis has denied wrongdoing.


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