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Dogsuits drag on and on while costs mount

The New York Law Journal reported earlier this month that a motion by East River to dismiss one of the three tenants on whose behalf the U.S. Attorney is suing the coop was denied in federal court. (The New York Journal requires a free registration to read their article.)

Furthermore, a motion by East River to challenge the government’s claim that the coop’s behavior toward these three cooperators establishes a “pattern and practice” was also denied.

Southern District Judge Edgardo Ramos issued a detailed 64-page ruling against East River’s motions, allowing the government’s case to continue without change.

legal expenses

Legal fees for the coop continue to mount as coop-initiated lawsuits against dog owners have increased and since the U.S. Attorney’s discrimination case against the coop was filed in December, 2013. The line item for legal and audit expenses has increased 462% over the past three years, costing the coop an additional $1.2 million. The board of directors revealed in their recent newsletter that $195,000 in legal fees has been recouped from our insurance carrier — though the coop’s insurance expenses also increased by $292,000 last year, the first substantial increase in at least five years, possibly related to our excess litigation.

Should East River be paying for bad publicity?

nypost

The NY Post today has another story about the lawsuits against East River shareholders whose service dogs were deemed illegitimate by our board and management. ER continues to press eviction cases against shareholders in housing court even while a federal discrimination case is pending.

Why does the Post keep running stories about our little conflicts? The cooperator in question had no comment for the press, nor did his lawyer. The U.S. Attorney’s office had no comment (though the article quotes a letter from Preet Bharara seeking to halt the eviction until the federal case is settled).

ER lawyer Bradley Silverbush and his Lamborghini.
ER lawyer Bradley Silverbush and his Lamborghini.

The only party going on record is East River’s lawyer, Bradley Silverbush of Rosenberg & Estis, whose publicist Shea Communications keeps getting his name — and ours — in the papers.

That might be good publicity for a lawyer looking for clippings, but it’s bad publicity for a family-oriented coop looking for prospective buyers. Maybe it’s time our board tells Silverbush to stop seeking the spotlight at our expense.