An electric cooperative, owned by a diverse group of cooperatives in Southern Montana, filed chapter 11, to resolve the large remaining debt owed to construct a power generating plant, owed following the sale of the plant. The debt, which the lenders maintained exceeded $80 million, was held by a secured lender consortium, represented by New York counsel. The various cooperatives, each of which were governed by boards that consisted of local ranchers, teachers, native americans, and others, were represented by various counsel located in Montana. There were difficult legal questions concerning the potential liability of the cooperatives, and perhaps their board members, from which the lenders expected to be paid. In addition to the contentiousness of the legal dispute, there were significant cultural differences that needed to be bridged. More than 60 persons were directly involved as party representatives, making consensus building challenging.
Two separate two day sessions were held, both in Montana, and the matter was eventually resolved after a marathon second session.