December 21, 2016

Schlam Stone & Dolan Files Lawsuit After Deaths At Brooklyn Nursing Home

On December 20 and 21, 2016, the New York Law Journal and the New York Post reported on a lawsuit filed by Schlam Stone & Dolan on behalf of CABS Nursing Home, Inc., in the Kings County Supreme Court, Commercial Division. The lawsuit alleges that CABS was defrauded into selling the nursing home to the Allure Group, based on representations that Allure would continue to operate the nursing home. Instead, Allure immediately tried to close the nursing home and flip it to a developer in order to build luxury apartments. The lawsuit seeks rescission of the sale or in the alternative compensatory and punitive damages. Schlam Stone & Dolan Partner Jeffrey Eilender was quoted by the Law Journal, saying “the only reason CABS ever entertained any proposal by the Allure Group was because the Allure Group marketed themselves as being in the nursing home business. Its entire mission was to help the Bed Stuy community.” CABS is being represented by Mr. Eilender, Bradley Nash, Samuel Butt and Seth Allen.

August 16, 2016

Schlam Stone’s Ron Russo and Erik Groothuis featured on CNBC’s “American Greed”

Schlam Stone attorneys Ronald Russo and Erik Groothuis appeared on behalf of the firm’s clients Rebecca Broadway LP and Ben Sprecher in an August 2016 episode of CNBC’s American Greed. The episode, titled “The Phantom Fraudster of Broadway,” detailed the crimes of con man Mark Christopher Hotton, who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Rebecca production, and Mr. Russo's role in bringing him to justice. CNBC's website has both print and video coverage of the story.

May 21, 2016

Schlam Stone Lawyer Quoted in May 20, 2016, Wall Street Journal On NYC Mayor’s Withholding of Emails

Schlam Stone partner Elizabeth Wolstein was quoted in a lead article in the Greater New York section of the May 20, 2016, Wall Street Journal, which reported on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to shield emails between his administration and outside advisors from public disclosure. Although the advisors are not paid by the City, the Mayor has designated them as "agents" of the City in an effort to bring them within a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) exemption that allows agencies to withhold correspondence between government agencies from the public. Noting that Elizabeth was the lawyer who "won the case that forced" the Bloomberg administration to release emails between the Mayor's Office and former Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, the article ends by quoting Elizabeth's assessment that the Mayor's correspondence with outside parties paid by others to conduct business with the City "seems like exactly the thing you'd want disclosure on."

December 21, 2015

Schlam Stone Victory Is No. 1 Business Divorce Case Of 2015

In February of 2015, Schlam Stone & Dolan won a tremendous victory for client Winston Chiu in Chiu v. Chiu in the Appellate Division, Second Department concerning his withdrawal and payout as a member of an LLC that owned real estate in Long Island City. As a result of the firm's efforts, Mr. Chiu obtained over $4 million and the firm made new law on the valuation of minority interests in business divorce cases. The Second Department Decision was listed as one of the #1 business divorce case of 2015 on Peter Mahler's blog, New York Business Divorce, the preeminent blog in this area of the law.

December 18, 2015

SSD Obtains Significant RICO Dismissal In Eastern District Of New York

On December 18, 2015 the firm won a significant dismissal of a $27 million RICO case brought by the New York State Catholic Health Plan against our client, Academy Orthotic & Prosthetics Associates, IPA and its principals. The Health Plan argued that it was defrauded in violation of RICO because it paid millions of dollars in claims to Academy thinking it was a provider of medical equipment when in actuality it was a network of medical equipment providers. Judge Jack B. Weinstein granted SSD's dismissal motion in a 52 page decision on the basis that the fraud predicates were duplicative of the contract between the parties and that no deception occurred as a matter of law, and thus there could be no RICO or common law fraud claims.

September 9, 2015

Schlam Stone Represents Wrongfully Arrested Broadway Actors

The New York Daily News reported today on a case filed in the SDNY in which two Broadway actors were wrongfully arrested by the police after being subjected to racial and homophobic abuse by a New York City taxi driver. After they left the cab—and paid the fare, angering the cab driver—they were arrested by the NYPD when the driver claimed they had not paid. The police refused to look at the receipt the passengers had been given. Charged with theft and resisting arrest, the case was dismissed in criminal court by the DA’s office, and two days ago Schlam Stone filed an action against the city and the cab driver on their behalf. Schlam Stone partners Michael Battle and Douglas Grover are representing the two passengers.

July 23, 2015

Schlam Stone & Dolan Files $5 Million Lawsuit on Behalf of Client Forced Out of her Company

On July 23, 2015, the New York Daily News reported on a lawsuit filed by Schlam Stone & Dolan on behalf of Marta Ibarrondo in New York County Supreme Court. The lawsuit alleges that a philanthropist couple forced Ms. Ibarrondo out of Philanthropic Bling, a company she founded to market awareness bracelets. Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Jeffrey Eilender was quoted, saying Ms. Ibarrondo "wants the profits that she and the company would have been able to make if it hadn't been hijacked." Ms. Ibarrondo is being represented by Mr. Eilender, Hillary Zilz Prudlo, and Vitali Rosenfeld.

July 15, 2015

Schlam Stone & Dolan Partner Bennette Deacy Kramer Participates in Launch of Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project

On July 7, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the City Bar Justice Center cut the ribbon on their Federal Pro Se Legal Assistance Project (FedPro), to provide information, advice, and limited-scope legal assistance to people proceeding pro se in a variety of federal civil cases. Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Bennette Deacy Kramer is member of the Eastern District Civil Litigation Fund which is providing half of the first-year funding for the FedPro.

July 13, 2015

Schlam Stone & Dolan Partner Jonathan Mazer Assists in Trial Win Against Entertainment Personality 50 Cent

Schlam Stone & Dolan partner Jonathan Mazer assisted a Florida trial team as local counsel in the high profile trial against entertainment personality 50 Cent a/k/a Curtis James Jackson III over the unauthorized publication of a private sex tape depicting the plaintiff. Following a lengthy trial, the jury awarded compensatory damages totaling $5 million on plaintiff's claims for emotional distress and violation of her civil rights. Mr. Jackson filed for personal bankruptcy the day the he was to be required to testify about his net worth in connection with plaintiff's punitive damages claim, but the bankruptcy court refused to stay the punitive damages hearing and the jury awarded an additional $2 million in punitive damages against him.