Bochs seek to have suit dismissed
Ernie Boch Jr. is asking a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit that his neighbors filed against him.
In a motion filed in US District Court on Monday, Boch’s lawyer argues that Glenn A. and Elise M. Arrigo’s claims against Boch and his wife are without merit and out of the court’s jurisdiction.
“The Arrigos - who are in apparent financial distress - have targeted their wealthy and high-profile neighbors as ‘marks’ for a scheme to extort the Bochs by using this lawsuit as leverage in their efforts to have the Bochs purchase their home at an inflated price,’’ said attorney Mark W. Corner in a 14-page memorandum filed with the motion.
The Bochs and Arrigos live in a quiet neighborhood close to Norwood’s Automile, the strip along Route 1 made famous by Boch’s father, who built the family car business into a billion-dollar empire. The Arrigos also sell cars for a living: They own Glenn’s Auto Action, a used-car dealership in Canton.
The Arrigos sued Boch on Jan. 14, accusing Boch of trying to pressure them into selling their house to him so he can expand his estate. The suit also says that “the overreaching and gaudy expansion of Boch’s mansion’’ disrupted their lives and caused “serious harm to their physical and moral health and well being, as well as economic harm in the depreciation of the value of their property.’’ The couple also accused the Bochs of removing 18 pine trees that they say he agreed to preserve, and contend that the loss of those trees robbed them of their privacy.
The Arrigos are seeking compensatory damages, punitive damages for pain and suffering, and attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses.
Boch denies any wrongdoing, and has described the Arrigos’ allegations as “preposterous’’ and “ridiculous.’’
In the court filing, Corner wrote: “Here, the Arrigos literally seek to make a ‘federal case’ out of concerns over the manner in which the Bochs have sought to develop their property, which is consistent with a variance granted by the Town of Norwood.’’
A scheduling conference for the case is set for March 23 in US District Court in Boston.
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