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Club, PSSA back in COURT

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Joe Potosky, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    SUNBURY - Despite a settlement reached May 25 in a civil lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania State Sportsmen's Association (PSSA) against Valley Gun and Country Club in Elysburg, lawyers for both parties were back in court Tuesday arguing whether the case will proceed to trial.

    During a 90-minute status conference before Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest, Attorney Paul M. Perlstein of Doylestown claimed the gun club changed the language and conditions set forth in the agreement by requesting two easements to the property that would allow for egress and regress to certain areas of the land. He also claimed the gun club refused to sign a deed that would convey all but 3.471 acres of property sought by the association over to PSSA.

    "They (gun club) drafted the agreement the way they wanted it," Perlstein told the court. "They changed the terms of the agreement. This isn't what my client agreed to. We didn't come up here to renegotiate the agreement. We'd like to get litigation going because we believe the agreement signed in 1995 is binding. They owe us the land and we plan to go to trial."

    Attorney Helen L. Gemmill of Harrisburg, who represents Valley Gun and Country Club, argued that her client and PSSA settled the lawsuit May 25 and was willing to change some of the language in the agreement if necessary to satisfy PSSA. "We have settled the case with an enforceable agreement," she stated. "The gun club has a right to use certain areas of the property, but needs access to those areas. That's why we asked for the easements in the agreement. A deed has not been signed yet conveying part of the property over to PSSA, and the gun club plans to sell other parcels of the property."

    Perlstein said he and PSSA remain frustrated over the ongoing legal battle that both parties thought was settled in May, but has a right to take the case to arbitration.