Mohegan Sun suing Palmer landowner

Artist's rendering of the once-proposed Mohegan Sun resort casino in Palmer. The proposal was rejected by town voters in a November 2013 vote.
Artist's rendering of the once-proposed Mohegan Sun resort casino in Palmer. The proposal was rejected by town voters in a November 2013 vote.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Mohegan Sun is in the process of filing a $22 million countersuit against Northeast Realty, the landowners in Palmer from whom Mohegan Sun leases space. That space was meant to be used for a casino that Palmer voters rejected in November.

Mohegan is hoping to recover part of its previous investment into the land and town.

The lawsuit was filed Monday at Hampden Superior Court in Springfield, but the 22News I-Team discovered it was removed by the clerk’s office due to potential procedural errors.  Technically, there is not a lawsuit by Mohegan Sun currently on file.

Northeast Realty sued Mohegan Sun in February, claiming it broke its exclusivity agreement with the landowners when it negotiated and eventually struck a deal with Suffolk Downs in Revere.

Below is a statement from Northeast Realty sent to the 22News I-Team:

“Blaming Northeast for Mohegan’s failure in Palmer further erodes their credibility in Massachusetts.  Blaming others for their failures is a typical Mohegan Sun Massachusetts response. They blamed the two-year delay in sharing details of the Palmer project with the public on their debt restructuring and then blamed the host community process in stalling the Palmer agreement for more than 12 months, negotiations that took Mohegan only about 12 days to complete in Revere for their Suffolk Downs partnership.”

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