Lawsuit

Seward Park Co-op Board Prevails Against Disgruntled Residents in Parking Garage Privatizing Lawsuit

Posted July 26, 2017 at 5:04 am

The civil war that polarized the Seward Park Co-ops for the last year finally concluded last week. The Seward Park Board of Directors essentially privatized the garage as a for-profit parking operation when it entered a ten-year lease with Icon/Quik Park in early 2016. It was a 6 to 5 vote at the time. According […]

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AG Schneiderman Settles Civil Suit with Landlord Samy Mahfar for $225K

Last modified August 30, 2017 at 8:27 am

The ongoing civil lawsuit against notorious landlord Samy Mahfar brought by tenants in four of his Lower East Side buildings has reached conclusion. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman settled with the area landlord yesterday for a pittance. He got off easy with a $225K settlement. The three-year period between 2013 and 2016 was a busy one […]

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Investor in Defunct Grand Street ‘Comfort Diner’ Says Former Owner Cheated Her out of $75K

Posted April 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

While Saluggi’s East pizzeria struggles to make its own mark on Grand Street, its predecessor is again in the mud. An investor in the bygone Comfort Diner claims in a lawsuit filed last week that the former owner cheated her out of $75,000 when he neglected to mention his massive $700,000 debt of back taxes. […]

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Report: Con Edison Sues Extell for Nearly Causing a ‘Steam Explosion’ at One Manhattan Square

Posted April 5, 2017 at 5:05 am

Con Edison recently filed a lawsuit against Extell Development Corp. for nearly causing a “massive steam explosion” on the Lower East Side waterfront. The utilities behemoth charges that construction on the 850-foot tower – dubbed One Manhattan Square – damaged its subterranean infrastructure, and that the firm must pay up. The complaint notes that “Extell […]

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250 Bowery Condo Owners Together Sue over Shoddy Construction and Flooding

Posted February 21, 2017 at 5:06 am

There’s a certain element of schadenfreude here… Condo owners at 250 Bowery are realizing what supermodel Gigi Hadid did last year. Maybe they should’ve thought twice before buying into the development. The starlet, and Taylor Swift pal, sold her pad for $2.3 million. The next month, February 2016, the proverbial shit hit the fan. Indeed, the […]

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Owner of ‘Lower East Side’ Trademark Files Suit Against American Eagle

Posted October 24, 2016 at 5:12 am

Robert G. Lopez continues to go for the jugular. The litigious apparel maker – owner of the Lower East Side trademark as it relates to clothing (LES Clothing Co.) – is again on the warpath. This time, it’s American Eagle that’s fallen victim. Lopez, often nicknamed a “trademark troll,” filed suit against the brand in the […]

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Dash Snow’s Estate Sues McDonald’s for Copyright Infringement at ‘Graffiti Themed’ Locales

Posted October 12, 2016 at 5:11 am

Apparently, graffiti-themed McDonald’s franchises are a thing. Who knew? And so is allegedly stealing tags of well known writers to lend credibility to this bullshit. Yep, another instance of corporate America usurping the tag of an iconic graffiti writer … which then resulted in a lawsuit. In this case, it’s the late artist Dash Snow […]

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Calexico LES Didn’t Pay Wages, Former Employees Allege [UPDATED]

Last modified August 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Calexico shuttered its Lower East Side brick-and-mortar location a month ago. As in, for good. At the time, ownership employed the standard “renovation runaround,” the typical ruse of claiming store modifications were happening as cause for closure. Not so. The space was liquidated shortly after our initial report; the security gate and company logo were […]

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The City Sues to Shut Down 169 Bar After Instances of Underage Drinking

Posted April 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

169 Bar is in trouble. Outspoken neighbors want it out, and as a result, the city has filed suit to make it so. Five months after two back-to-back instances of underage drinking, the lawsuit was officially filed with the New York Supreme Court April 7. It alleges that the classic watering hole allowed sales to […]

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Danny Bowien Sues Mission Chinese Landlord; Rat-Infested Restaurant Space Now for Rent

Posted August 7, 2014 at 6:03 am

Mission Chinese closed for good in November 2013, with chef-owner Danny Bowien having then refocused on Mission Cantina up the block. Now, according to a report on Eater, Bowien is suing landlord of 154 Orchard Street – Abraham Noy – for “leasing him the Lower East Side space when it was not actually up to […]

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