HIRA Educational Services of North America v. Frank Augustine, et al., Docket No. 2:18-cv-00486 (Western District of PA)

HIRA attempted to purchase the former YDC property in Shenango Township through a bidding process run by the Commonwealth Department of General Services. Due to financial questions about HIRA and its management, the Township opposed the sale before the Commonwealth Department of General Services, filing an objection before the Commonwealth Board of Claims. Ultimately the sale fell through and HIRA subsequently sued the Shenango Township Supervisors, along with other state ad local, elected officials arguing these elected officials had engaged in religious discrimination against HIRA, a Muslim educational consulting company. The Township was able to successfully defend against this meritless claim, filing a Motion to Dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6). Before the Court could rule on the Township’s Motion , HIRA, acknowledging the strength of the Township’s position, voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit. Due to the dismissal, there was no liability on the part of the Township, and the former YDC property was subsequently sold to Lawrence County Community Action Partners (LCCAP) for Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00), with plans to develop and revitalize the facility which had been previously closed and abandoned by the Commonwealth.

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