A company invested in the proposed Mohegan Sun casino project in Palmer, Massachusetts has filed a suit against Peter Picknelly, the owner of Springfield-based Peter Pan Bus Lines. In the suit, Northeast Gaming alleges that Picknelly breached a contract with the company by becoming an investor in a Springfield casino proposal by Penn National Gaming. Picknelly had previously invested $500,000 in Northeast Gaming before Penn National took interest in a Springfield casino. According to the suit, Picknelly attempted to have his investment in Northeast returned last August. Picknelly transferred his investment to a business partner, Malcolm Getz, last November. Steve Spelman, the attorney for Northeast, says the company is seeking damages from Picknelly for working with a competing casino interest while maintaining an investment in Northeast.
“Mr. Picknelly betrayed the Palmer venture by actively working against it with Penn National Gaming, even though at the same time, he continued to keep his interest in the Palmer project.”
Spelman says Picknelly and his attorneys have twenty days to formally respond to the lawsuit. Michael Callan, a lawyer for Picknelly, called the claims “frivolous,” and says Picknelly has completely divested himself from the Palmer project. Callan says he plans to file a response to the suit.