Who owned the Copper Lounge?

It's a simple question with a seemingly simple answer. But that question has become a central

sticking point in the legal cases surrounding the building’s Dec. 2, 2016 collapse, which killed Ethan McMahon and injured Emily Fodness.

On paper, the building had been transferred two days before the collapse to a limited liability company called Boomerang Investments from another limited liability company called CLP Investments.

But lawyers for the Fodness and McMahon families have set their sights not just on Boomerang and the unknown investors in the LLC, but also Legacy Developments and Consulting Co., the developer behind the project to turn the former bar into a downtown drug store. Legacy, they argue, was a de facto owner. A key piece of their evidence is a real estate purchase agreement signed by Tim Kant, the building's former owner, and Norm Drake, Legacy's managing member.

The agreement lists Legacy as the "buyer."

The lawyers representing the Fodness and McMahon families say there is ample evidence suggesting Legacy played an active role in the project. Beyond the purchase agreement with Legacy's name as the buyer, there are other ties. Dan Fritz, a lawyer for the Fodness family, said at Wednesday's hearing that Legacy identified itself as the landlord and had agreed to provide demolition services on the project.

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