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Despite litigation, tennis plays on at Turf Valley

Even as the litigation continues between a natural gas company and and Turf Valley, one issue has been resolved — the country club’s members will be able to play tennis this spring and summer.

A quick recap: Columbia Gas Transmission LLC sued the Ellicott City club over tennis courts and golf course paths the company said encroached on its pipeline easement. A federal judge in August ruled owner Mangione Enterprises of Turf Valley LP could not interfere with Columbia Gas’s rights to access the easement, meaning the pipeline could be replaced.

This required the digging up of several tennis courts at Turf Valley. Once the work was completed, Mangione said it would rebuild the tennis court at the same location, prompting Columbia Gas to file an emergency temporary restraining order in November. A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday on the emergency TRO.

But Hollander on Monday denied the TRO as moot and canceled the hearing. The reason, according to Turf Valley’s lawyer, is the country club built two tennis courts in a different location on the property.

Joseph C. LaVerghetta, Turf Valley’s lawyer, said Monday the new courts were “built out of necessity and not voluntarily,” a business decision made for the benefit of the club’s members.

LaVerghetta said the costs of building the courts will factor into an amended counterclaim the country club will file that will detail all of the damages it alleges have resulted from accommodating Columbia Gas.

LaVerghetta said he expects Columbia Gas to amend its complaint as well.

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