In a highly complex and long-running dispute which lies at the intersection of business, religion and family, we represent the interests of an heir to the leadership of a major religious community in fending off a challenge from a rival faction for control over the community's institutions and organizations. Closely followed by the national and international media, the dispute involves not only the ecclesiastical and temporal leadership of the community, but also reportedly hundreds of millions of dollars in assets. After prevailing on the leadership issue at the trial level, we won two appeals before the Appellate Division and ultimately at the Court of Appeals. As a result of these rulings, our client remains in control of the religous corporation's assets, and there has been a smooth succession of the community's spiritual leadership.
Reported decisions relating to this litigation include:
In the Matter of Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar Inc., 31 A.D.3d 541 (2d Dep't 2006), aff'd, 9 N.Y.3d 282 (2007) -- affirming dismissal of challenge to election of board of directors of religious corporation on constitutional grounds in both Appellate Division and New York Court of Appeals)
Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar of Kiryas Joel, Inc. v. Congregation Yetev Lev D'Satmar Inc., 31 A.D.3d 480 (2d Dep't 2006) -- reversal of trial court's approval of deed purporting to transfer ownership interest in cemetery of religious corporation, aff'd, 9 N.Y.3d 297 (2007) -- affirming Appellate Division's cancellation of disputed deed