Source: The Baltimore Sun
By David Anderson, Contact Reporter
Harford County, the defendant in lawsuit filed in federal court by the builder of a controversial 48-lot subdivision in Joppatowne, has filed suit against the builder alleging he has made defamatory statements against the county.
The complaint against Bill Luther Jr., president and CEO of Gemcraft Homes Inc., of Forest Hill, was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for Maryland, according to a copy of the three-page complaint provided by a spokesperson for Luther.
“I haven’t seen it,” Luther said of the complaint. “I’d heard that it’s coming.”
Luther said he would be glad to comment once he is served. His company is building townhouses along Trails Way, and the homebuyers include members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect. That has generated community concerns it would be a Muslim-only subdivision.
Cindy Mumby, a spokesperson for the county government, confirmed Thursday that the county had filed the defamation complaint, but she declined to comment further.
Luther’s company, along with the entity that owns the lots, OT LLC, of Forest Hill, filed a lawsuit against the county in the U.S. District Court for Maryland in late September regarding what it calls the county’s “unlawful efforts” to prevent Gemcraft from building and selling the townhouses.