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Auburn Sports Group reaches agreement to settle suit over proposed new park

The Auburn Sports Park will include a set of outdoor fields.
The Auburn Sports Park will include a set of outdoor fields.(Auburn Sports Park LLC)
Published: May. 9, 2022 at 2:43 PM EDT
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HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WPTA) - Attorneys representing both parties have reached an agreement to dismiss a lawsuit regarding the development of a multi-million dollar sports park in Auburn, with the Court granting an injunction request from the plaintiffs on Monday as part of the day’s developments.

Paperwork filed in Hamilton County shows that the defendants withdrew their Motion to Dismiss a lawsuit that was initiated in February, shortly after plans were released by the Auburn Sports Group to reconfigure the former Auburn Auction Park just off of Interstate 69 in DeKalb County. The lawsuit alleged that one of the ASG principals -- Rodney Sinn -- improperly used confidential information from his time several years ago with Grand Park Fieldhouse, a sports complex in Westfield, outside of Indianapolis.

While the plaintiffs sought damages and Court directives that could have delayed or derailed the Auburn project, ASG filed a motion to dismiss. A judge was expected to consider that motion on Monday, along with the injunction request from the plaintiffs -- the latter, to compel Sinn to cease certain activity that Grand Park Fieldhouse considers damaging and in breach of Sinn’s employment agreement.

Monday, defense counsel filed to withdraw the Motion to Dismiss. In that filing, attorneys note that “the parties have entered an agreement by terms to settle the case.”

The granted injunction, as sought by the plaintiffs, will prevent Sinn from representing himself in a manner that Grand Park finds harmful to its interests, and will curtail the disclosure of certain information considered to be confidential.

ABC21 contacted the firm representing Sinn and ASG. A representative confirmed that the settlement is being finalized but did not offer further comment.

ASG had previously indicated it could have the Auburn Sports Park operating by mid-summer. Plans call for outdoor fields that can accommodate soccer, football, baseball and softball and indoor courts for volleyball and basketball, among other features. The complex would cover about 400 acres and is touted as a site to host competitions and camps with regional appeal.

Developers touted a $42 million investment in the project.

The Auburn Plan Commission meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Norman E. Yoder Council Chambers and its agenda includes the sports park application. Officials have delayed action at previous meetings.

Documents show an agreement has been reached settling a lawsuit involving a planned sports park...
Documents show an agreement has been reached settling a lawsuit involving a planned sports park in Auburn.(WPTA)

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