Matters

Developers – Summary Judgment Dismissing Breach of Joint Venture Claims

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of real estate developers dismissing all claims filed by a plaintiff alleging our clients had breached an oral joint venture that entitled the plaintiff to share in the profits of a sale of a Brooklyn property.  The Kings County Supreme Court also denied plaintiff’s cross motion for leave to amend and to compel disclosure. 

Professional Baseball Team – Summary Judgment in Breach of Contract Dispute

Represented a professional baseball team in securing summary judgment in a federal court litigation arising from the breach of a multi-year advertising agreement with a mobile security firm.  The court awarded our client $1.7 million, plus interest and late fees, as well as attorneys’ fees and costs.

Challenge to New York State’s Charter School Funding Law

Represented the plaintiffs in Brown v. New York, and initially secured a winning ruling in New York State Supreme Court denying a motion to dismiss our lawsuit challenging New York State's method of funding public charter schools. Our clients, five “representative” families whose children attend charter schools in the state and a Charter School advocacy organization for its member New York charter schools (Northeast Charter Schools Network), argued that New York's practice of providing charter students with as little as three-fifths of what district students receive in the same community, violates the state Constitution and disproportionately affects children of color and lower incomes. While we ultimately lost on appeal, the ruling was particularly important as similar claims raised by charter school parents in four others states – North Carolina, New Jersey, Arizona and Texas – all failed to survive lower court defense motions to dismiss.

Upper Eastside Co-op Owner – Construction Litigation Dispute with Former Contractor and Architect

Represented plaintiffs in the favorable resolution of litigation filed in New York federal court against their former contractor and architect involving claims for breach of contract, fraud and professional malpractice in connection with the multimillion dollar renovation of an Upper East Side apartment.  This dispute was voluntarily dismissed under a settlement agreement which recovered a significant sum on the client’s behalf.

Investors – Alleged Material Misrepresentations and Omissions

Representing multiple investors in litigation to recover over $18 million in monetary damages arising from the alleged material misrepresentations and omissions made in the Securities and Purchase Agreement through which our clients made a $30 million investment in a publicly traded oil and gas exploration company.

Restructuring Consultants – Negotiations to Recover Unpaid Fees

Representing investment bankers in negotiations to recover over $1 million in unpaid fees for their consulting roles in the restructuring of a US-based financial services firm.