Although i embrace the concept of the productivity of doing nothing, i'd be delighted if this could be resolved by some persuasion on our part, like proposed.
Its not like it could get any worse (i hope).
Well, as far as I have understood this matter will be "resolved" automatically after 6 months anyways. Basically your intension is to "accelerate" things. But what do you hope to achieve in 3 - 4 months by involving a lawyer?
You would presumably buy yourself one month or so at the very best if at all. In return sixty would have to invest many hours of his time in contacting the lawyer and other related correspondence. Above all the lawyer wants to see money too...
The trick is to tell them you want the names and contact information your lawyer needs to contact them, because you will take it to a judge. This will trigger a release procedure in Europe, because they won't take the risk. If you're too much trouble, you represent a cost and not a profit.
Has a procedure like that actually worked before?
I mean all the contact information you need to know can be found in their imprint on their website... Sounds more like an idle threat... PayPal speculates on the fact that the other side wants prevent any more expenses on their side. And a lawyer isn't cheap. At least that amount of trouble doesn't seem justifiable to me for a such a relatively small amount of money.
But hey, if sixty has got an appropriate legal expenses insurance that covers such a case he can go for it if he feels like it. I for my part am willing to sit this out.