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February 28, 2013

County GOP sued over legal bill

NEW CASTLE — An attorney has sued the Lawrence County Republican Committee seeking payment for his legal services last year.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court, attorney Jesse D. Daniel of Indiana, Pa., contends the committee owes his law firm $14,562.

It adds the committee has refused to pay him.

Daniel represented the committee and its chairman, William Schafer, in response to a lawsuit filed by seven people who had challenged their removal from the GOP committee.

The seven filed the lawsuit in June against the committee and its chairman, William Schafer, after being informed that complaints of wrongdoing had been lodged against them by other committee members.

The dispute was ultimately resolved in September, when the seven members and the committee reached an agreement in court. As part of the agreement, the seven were reinstated.

Daniel declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Attorney Richard E. Flannery, spokesman for the committee, said the county committee and Daniel “have had extensive discussions” and “are not in agreement as to who is responsible for the bill.”

Flannery added the committee will file a response to the lawsuit.

Last year’s dispute resulted in delaying the party’s reorganization meeting by approximately five months.

After the seven filed their complaint, the court issued an injunction preventing the county committee from conducting a reorganization meeting until a further order of court was issued.

The reorganization meeting, set in the September agreement, finally took place Nov. 15.

Gale Measel was elected chairman at the meeting, defeating Schafer by one vote.



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