SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A casino dispute continues in court. 22News was in the courtroom Wednesday as lawyers for Peter Picknelly and Penn National Gaming tried to get a lawsuit thrown out.
Peter Picknelly is a 50-50 partner with Penn National Gaming in Springfield's North End. The Northeast Gaming in Palmer believes Picknelly is still legally obligated to a $500,000 investment he made with their group.
The judge didn't make a decision Wednesday. The Northeast Gaming owns the land Mohegan Sun wants to build on in Palmer. The Northeast Gaming's lawyer claims that Picknelly is still tied to the project.
Lawyers for Picknelly and Penn National Gaming want the case dismissed. They claim Picknelly is free and clear from that initial investment.
According to Michael Callan, Peter Picknelly's Attorney, "The argument we made to the judge is that the law is quite clear. A simple investment of money does not equate to a partnership or a joint venture obligation."
"Mr. Picknelly was involved in all aspects of development with Northeast Gaming in Palmer from real estate to intermodule transportation," said the Northeast Gaming's Attorney Stephen Spelman.
Picknelly has since transferred his stake in Palmer to longtime business associate Malcolm Getz.
The Judge can make her decision at any time. The parties don't have to return to court to hear it.