Lawsuits Dismissed Against Picknelly Over Casino Project


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Springfield businessman Peter Picknelly and Penn National Gaming surrounding Picknelly’s involvement in a proposed Palmer casino.

Picknelly had been the focus of a lawsuit by Northeast Gaming, alleging that he was still legally bound to them following his investment of $500,000 into the Palmer project.

However, Picknelly contended that he had broken all ties with Northeast Gaming, before partnering with Penn National Gaming for a possible project in Springfield’s North End.

Northeast Gaming attorney Stephen Spelman said in a statement “We are disappointed, we thought we had presented a good case to the court but the issue became moot when Penn National was not selected.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced in late April that the city had reached a host agreement with MGM Resorts International for a project in the city’s South End.

Springfield voters will get to vote in a binding referendum question on the casino this July.

Following Sarno’s decision, Picknelly indicated that he is not interested in investing or partnering with any other possible casino project.