Erie casino must pay $705K in dirt dispute
ERIE, Pa. (AP) - January 5, 2012 (WPVI) -- A judge says Presque Isle Downs & Casino must pay $705,000 to the Greater Erie Industrial Development Corp. for not delivering more than 50,000 cubic yards of dirt needed to cover part of a polluted paper plant site that almost became home to the casino.
After MTR Gaming Group decided to build the casino on another parcel in Summit Township, outside the city, Presque Isle sold the International Paper plant property - including $600,000 worth of "clean fill" or dirt - to GEIDC for $4 million. GEIDC sued when Presque Isle didn't deliver the dirt.
The casino's attorney argues it had no obligation to provide the dirt because it wasn't listed in the deed for the land.
Erie County Judge John Garhart disagrees saying it would be "absurd" for GEIDC to pay $600,000 for nothing.
The casino will appeal.
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