Key events in the legal battle swirling around the Bridges:
August 1997: Home builder Lennar Corp. and developer Nicolas Marsch III form a partnership to develop a luxury golf community, the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe.
December 2006: Marsch's Briarwood Capital sues Lennar for fraud and breach of contract. Two months later, Lennar countersues.
July 2008: Marsch writes to Lennar directors, threatening to expose "dirty little secrets" if they don't settle with him. Lennar sues Marsch, alleging extortion.
January 2009: Ex-con fraud investigator Barry Minkow, hired by Marsch, accuses Lennar of widespread fraud. Lennar shares drop 20%. Lennar revises suit to accuse Minkow and Marsch of libel and extortion.