Politically connected reverend accused of fleecing nonprofit
April 21, 2015 -- New York Post
Herrick partner William Fried was quoted in a New York Post story regarding a pro bono lawsuit filed on behalf of West Harlem Community Organization (WHCO). The lawsuit alleges that several of the organization's board members, including Reverend Andre Soleil, stole rental income generated by WHCO Properties, unlawfully sold a WHCO Property at West 116th Street and planned to use the sale proceeds for personal use, and misappropriated government grant funds from WHCO operating accounts. "Where the majority of the proceeds from this unlawful sale have gone is a mystery but, upon information and belief, [the] defendants ... have been personally enriched by this scheme," said William in court papers.
Consultants Talk Mayor's Rumored Political Ambitions
April 20, 2015 -- NY1 News - Consultants Corner
Kevin Fullington appeared on NY1 Inside City Hall on April 20 discussing Mayor Bill de Blasio's rumored political ambitions and the latest in presidential campaign politics. Kevin said, “I think you have to start with this self-evident truth that every politician in this country wants to be president and thinks they can be president...[Mayor Bill de Blasio is] taking all the preliminary steps to do that and I’m looking forward to four years from now when there’s a primary between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio. That’s going to be fantastic.”
LI Attorney, Client Settle 'Pay-to-Prosecute' Lawsuit
April 13, 2015 -- New York Law Journal
Herrick partner Scott Mollen is quoted on the front page of the New York Law Journal regarding a settlement in a $185 million dollar 'pay to prosecute' lawsuit involving Long Island attorney Robert Del Col and his client Ted Doukas, former Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, and DataTreasury Corporation and two of its executives. In the article, Scott, who advised DataTreasury, its founder Claudio Ballard and its general counsel Shepard Lane, commended the work of mediator, former federal judge Barbara Jones, who helped "[reduce] an enormous gap between the parties," while noting that "the settlement contemplates absolutely no admission or finding of any wrongdoing by any defendant." The article referred to a settlement amount that was approximately .007 percent of the claim.
Norton Simon fails to stop lawsuit over Nazi-looted 'Adam' and 'Eve'
April 3, 2015 -- Los Angeles Times
On April 2, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California denied the Norton Simon Museum's motion to dismiss Marei von Saher vs. Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, et al., a long-running dispute between the museum and Herrick client Marei von Saher, over ownership of the Nazi-looted artworks 'Adam' and 'Eve' by Lucas Cranach the Elder. "It's a very strong statement that echoes the strong statement of the 9th Circuit that Mrs. Von Saher is entitled to her day in court and entitled to a resolution on [her claim's] merits," Herrick Art Law Group co-chair Lawrence M. Kaye told The Los Angeles Times. Additional coverage on the ruling appeared in other publications, including Reuters, ARTnews and The Art Newspaper.
Airport development key to keeping New York on top
April 1, 2015 -- Real Estate Weekly
Real Estate Weekly mentioned Herrick as the host of a recent event held by The Building Trades Employers' Association. The event attracted more than 60 industry stakeholders for a discussion of capital improvement projects at John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports, including proposed rail links and other infrastructure improvements.