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South Florida’s juiciest real estate lawsuits of 2020


first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Matthew Whitman Lazenby, Grant Cardone, Phil Collins, Orianne Bates, Russell Galbut, Natalie Brabner, Craig Studnicky and Masoud Shojaee (Lazenby by Sonya Revell; Getty, iStock)The pandemic did not stop top real estate players from seeking relief through the courts or from becoming legal targets, themselves. So, there was no shortage of juicy lawsuits featuring the top names in the industry. Here are the top 10 lawsuits reported by The Real Deal in 2020:Bal Harbour Shops vs. Saks Fifth AvenueThe economic fallout of the pandemic is endangering one of the longest running tenant-landlord relationships in luxury retail. In early September, Bal Harbour Shops sued to evict Saks Fifth Avenue for allegedly failing to pay more than $1.8 million in rent. Saks Fifth Avenue, claiming government shutdowns associated with Covid-19 mitigation measures impacted its ability to operate and produce sales, countersued Bal Harbour Shops and Whitman Family Development’s CEO Matthew Whitman Lazenby for defamation, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. The pending litigation threatens to end Sak’s nearly half-a-century run as Bal Harbour Shops’ anchor tenant.Phil Collins vs. Orianne BatesEven though his hurt didn’t show, the pain still grew for 1980s pop icon Phil Collins after his four year reunion with his ex-wife Orianne Bates fell apart in August when she eloped with her current husband Thomas Bates. The newlyweds then allegedly refused to vacate his Miami Beach mansion, prompting Collins to sue the Bates and force them out by accusing them of unlawful detainer and forcible entry. The lawsuit, filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, accused Orianne of dissuading entry from outsiders by changing the alarm codes and hiring armed guards to patrol the property at 5800 North Bay Road. Collins listed the home for $40 million and hired Jill Hertzberg, of the Jills Zeder Group at Coldwell Banker to present it. Orianne and her husband were not allowing Hertzberg entry to the home, according to the lawsuit. Although the case is ongoing, the Bates recently purchased a waterfront Fort Lauderdale mansion for $5.5 million.Craig Studnicky vs. Natalie BrabnerTwo years after divorcing Natalie Brabner, Craig Studnicky ramped up his legal counteroffensive against his ex-wife. In August, Studnicky, the principal of prominent real estate brokerage International Sales Group, sued Brabner in Miami-Dade Circuit Court amid her still pending 2018 legal case against him. He accuses his former spouse of orchestrating a personal vendetta, engaging in fraudulent acts, secretly spying on him while they were married, stealing trade secrets and then sharing them with a rival brokerage, among other accusations. Studnicky and ISG are also seeking that Brabner repay advances on commissions for condo deals that fell apart. Brabner, through her attorney, called Studnicky’s lawsuit a desperate attempt to discredit her and retaliate against her.Lilibet and Anelise Shojaee vs. Masoud ShojaeeDeveloper Masoud Shojaee finds himself estranged and entangled in a legal battle with his daughters, Lilibet and Anelise. In May, M&M Life Insurance Trust, created for the benefit of Shoajee’s daughters, sued him in Miami-Dade Circuit Court for allegedly misappropriating corporate funds from Santa Fe Hacienda, a rock mining land rental company Shojaee owns. The lawsuit accuses Shojaee, founder and CEO of Coral Gables-based Shoma Group, of secretly siphoning Santa Fe’s available cash to pay and support his lavish personal lifestyle since 2015. Through his attorney, Shojaee denied the allegations and said the complaint had no merit. Recently, another trust benefitting Lilibet and Anelise sued a company managed by Shojaee to force him to show their trustee annual financial statements and other corporate records.Harding Realty vs. Douglas EllimanThe pandemic hasn’t gotten in the way of luxury brokers clawing at each other over alleged unpaid commissions. In late October, Harding Realty sued Douglas Elliman in an attempt to collect about $600,000 the small luxury brokerage claims it earned in connection with the $24 million sale of a Bal Harbour waterfront mansion. In filing the lawsuit, Harding Realty disclosed it represented a pair of high-profile buyers: Ryan Cohen, founder of online pet retailer Chewy, and his wife Candice Cohen. The five-percent commission, representing $1.2 million, was to be split evenly between the two brokerages, Harding Realty claims. On Nov. 30, Douglas Elliman filed a motion to compel an arbitration hearing before the Miami Association of Realtors.Eric the Jeweler vs. Russell Galbut et al.A famous jeweler’s Super Bowl weekend stay at the Mondrian South Beach quickly escalated into a lawsuit against the posh condo-hotel’s owners. Eric Mavachev, who’s outfitted a formidable roster of A-list celebrity clientele with high end jewelry, flew from New York City to Miami Beach in February for Super Bowl LIV festivities and to meet with some of his clients. The couple allege unknown burglars were able to easily break into their room at the Mondrian due to a lack of cameras in an unsupervised loading dock, stairwells and hallways. The alleged thieves stole nearly $2 million in jewelry, according to a lawsuit they filed against Mondrian owner Crescent Heights, company co-founder Russell Galbut, his new Mondrian partner Michael Liebowitz, Mondrian hotel manager Eddie Rodriguez, Mondrian front desk manager Alex Carnot and High Class Security, the firm that handles the hotel’s security. Earlier this month, a judge denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint.EB-5 investors vs. Nick MastroianiJupiter Florida-based EB-5 developer Nick Mastroiani can’t seem to escape legal troubles surrounding Harbourside Place, a $170 million retail, restaurant and hotel project completed in 2014. More than a year after nearly 80 Chinese investors sued Mastroianni for allegedly defrauding them, another pair of Chinese nationals are accusing him of more fraudulent acts. In January, Ting Peng and Lin Fu sued Mastroianni II, Richard Yellen, Florida Regional Center LLC, and other Harbourside entities in West Palm Beach federal court. They are seeking class action status. Ping and Fu, among 199 EB-5 investors who contributed a combined $99.5 million to develop Harbourside Place, claim Mastrioanni and Yellen had no intention of keeping a promise to repay a construction loan financed with EB-5 funds. Harbourside Place “vehemently” denied the allegations and Mastrioanni told TRD the complaint is a “sham lawsuit.”Clark Construction vs. Miami BeachMiami Beach has a shiny, renovated convention center that cost half a billion dollars to spruce up. But, the city is still about $90 million short from closing out the project, according to a lawsuit filed by Clark Construction against Miami Beach. The Bethesda, Maryland-based construction company oversaw the renovation project and is now attempting to collect payment for itself and more than 30 subcontractors. Clark claims the city owes $70 million in unpaid work and $20 million in contract balance owed. When the lawsuit was filed in January, then-City Manager Jimmy Morales told TRD that Clark delayed the project for more than a year and the city is entitled to damages. The lawsuit is still pending in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.Muyad “Mo” Abbas and Michael Bedner vs. Aperion at the Jockey Club partnersAfter squashing legal challenges from Jockey Club residents, Aperion at the Jockey Club developers Muyad “Mo” Abbas and Michael Bedner found themselves waging a new battle against their own partners. In February, a court receiver was appointed to take over Aperion Miami, the company managing the project, as the development partners sort out a slate of legal disputes involving ownership of the project. Apeiron Holdings Miami and Apeiron Miami are suing partners Asaf Horesh, Zeev Segal and their company Jockey Segal Upland. The complaint also names Doron Arad and his company Pledger Trust Series 28 LLC as defendants. The lawsuit is pending.Lincoln Road landlord vs. WeWorkAs WeWork shrinks its shared-office space portfolio around the world, one of the company’s South Florida landlords is seeking to collect more than $19.5 million in unpaid rent, attorney fees and more. In July, SML 350 Lincoln Inc., managed by Shaul Levy and Meir Levy, sued the co-working giant for allegedly breaching its commercial lease for a 40,000-square-foot space at 350 Lincoln Road. A WeWork spokesperson said in a statement that “the lawsuit lacks merit for a variety of reasons,” and that it continues to work with its landlords to meet its obligations and “reach mutually beneficial solutions.” The company also worked out an agreement with another Miami Beach landlord to remain at another location at 429 Lenox Avenue. Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags2020 in ReviewBal Harbour ShopsCelebrity Real Estatecraig studnickyDouglas Ellimangrant cardoneMasoud ShojaeemondrianPhil ColinsReal Estate LawsuitsRussell GalbutSaks Fifth Avenuelast_img read more


Iceberg trajectory modeling and meltwater injection in the Southern Ocean


first_imgThis is the first large-scale modeling study of iceberg trajectories and melt rates in the Southern Ocean. An iceberg model was seeded with climatological iceberg calving rates based on a calculation of the net surface accumulation from each snow catchment area on the Antarctic continent. In most areas, modeled trajectories show good agreement with observed patterns of iceberg motion, though discrepencies in the Weddell Sea have highlighted problems in the ocean general circulation model output used to force the iceberg model. The Coriolis force is found to be important in keeping bergs entrained in the coastal current around Antarctica, and topographic features are important in causing bergs to depart from the coastal regions. The modeled geographic distribution of iceberg meltwater joining the ocean has been calculated and is found in many near-coastal regions to be comparable in magnitude to the excess of precipitation over evaporation (P-E).last_img read more


UVU Men’s Basketball’s Mark Pope Gets New Contract


first_imgJune 7, 2018 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball’s Mark Pope Gets New Contract Written by Brad James Tags: Mark Pope/New contract/NUVI Basketball Center/UVU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Thursday, Utah Valley University men’s basketball coach Mark Pope found himself the recipient of a new six-year contract to stay at the helm for the Wolverines.This replaces Pope’s existing five-year contract that was set to expire in 2020.Athletic director Vince Otoupal confirmed this was done because “of what men’s basketball has been able to accomplish these past three years.”This past season, Pope led the Wolverines to a school-record 23 wins and the best end of season ranking in the kenpom.com poll (#91) in school history.Pope also led the Wolverines to a second consecutive berth in the College Basketball Invitational while the squad hosted their first ever postseason game in school history against Eastern Washington, an 87-65 rout of the Eagles.Furthermore, Pope’s squads have excelled in the classroom as well as his players have earned academic all-WAC honors 19 times in his tenure.His teams have earned back-to-back NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards as well.Pope has also played an integral role in the construction of the NUVI Basketball Center, a 14,500-square foot building which houses both the men’s and women’s basketball programs.In three season at UVU, Pope has a record of 52-46 (.531) and is 22-20 (.524) in WAC games.last_img read more


Coffee with the personal touch


first_imgThe coffee shop chain Starbucks is to ask the name of every customer that enters one of its UK stores.According to a report in a Sunday newspaper, the US coffee chain is making big changes in the UK in the face of cut-throat competition from the likes of Costa. From Wednesday, staff will ask customers their name, then write it on their cup. UK boss Kris Engskov admitted in the Sunday Mirror that “a lot of people will be uncomfortable with it at first”. But he added: “Twenty-five years ago, you would go to your butcher, your dry cleaner or whoever, and they’d know your name. There are few places like that today. Yet the number one reason people come to Starbucks is to see the barista, as they know their name and what they like to drink.”last_img


Jefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris Kuroda On New Inside Out WTNS Podcast Mini-Episode


first_imgOur newest episode of Inside Out With Turner And Seth is in fact the first of a limited amount of miniature “Tweener Episodes.” These episodes will feature snippets from interviews conducted for The Podcast in advance of its partnership with us at L4LM. The “Tweener Episodes” will essentially be appetizers for your ears to keep you satisfied until the next full episode of this biweekly Podcast. You can expect two fresh, full episodes a month moving forward.In keeping with the Umphrey’s McGee theme this month, after running a two part interview with Brendan Bayliss, this mini-episode features an interview with UM lighting director, Jefferson Waful. He reveals how a collaboration with a veteran lighting and laser director at Wanee Festival was inspired by Jefferson’s collaboration with Chris Kuroda, just weeks before that festival.You can listen to the new episode, streaming below.Umphrey’s month on the Podcast will continue next week with a full episode, which features an extended interview with front-of-house sound engineer Chris Mitchell.The long-running Inside Out With Turner And Seth podcast brings you a fresh take on the music scene by combining behind-the-scenes and fan perspectives. Each episode features engaging interviews with your favorite artists and insightful commentary from genre veterans sprinkled with comedy. For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud or their page on iTunes. You can also email the Podcast here ([email protected]), to submit feedback that may be read on future episodes!last_img read more


Part & Parcel Host Guest-Filled Corduroy Classic Ft. Members Of Railroad Earth, Kitchen Dwellers, & More [Photos]


first_imgIn 2016, up-and-coming bluegrass act Part & Parcel thought it would be fun to get some local Colorado-based artists together and host a charitable night of musical collaborations, during a night dubbed the “Corduroy Classic.” On Friday night, Denver, CO’s Cervantes’ Other Side hosted the third annual Corduroy Classic, which saw performances from host band Part & Parcel, in addition to Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone, Emily Clark, members of the Kitchen Dwellers, Sweet Lillies, Tenth Mountain Division, Analog Son, and the Wilkolak Brothers. Local Colorado band Liver Down By The River handled the evening’s opening duties.Part & Parcel’s third annual Corduroy Classic helped raise money on behalf of RIP Medical Debt. The nonprofit makes it easy for donors to make an impactful difference in the lives of those struggling with medical debt. Due to the fact that they are able to purchase debt for pennies on the dollar, RIP Medical Debt allows donors to maximize the value of their contribution. For every $1,000 Part & Parcel raised, RIP Medical Debt will be able to eliminate nearly $10,000 worth of medical debt.Following a set of Part & Parcel’s original tunes, the five-piece opened up their collaborative “Corduroy Classic” set with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “In The Flesh?”, as Tenth Mountain Division’s Campbell Thomas lent a helping hand on keyboards. Up next was a take on Sturgill Simpson’s “Keep It Between The Lines”, which included Thomas and bandmate Andrew Cooney, as well Matt Wilkolak, Mark Wilkolak, and Mama Magnolia’s Alex Cazet on horns.Part & Parcel continued with their spot-on song selection, delivering a cover of Cake’s “Love You Madly”, with Emily Clark leading the way on vocals. The five-piece then invited up the Sweet Lillies’ Becca Bisque for “Waiting For A Superman”, before the Kitchen Dwellers’ Shawn Swain joined on a cover of Modest Mouse’s “Paper Thin Walls”. Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone joined the party for “Get No Better”, and stayed onstage to help with “Hammer and Nails”, “New Speedway Boogie”, and “Canned Heat”. Part & Parcel brought the collaborative set to a close with Little Feat’s “On Your Way Down” into the Talking Heads’ “Girlfriend Is Better”. The band came back out to encore a cover of Tyler Childers’ “Whitehouse Road”, before ending the evening with the Grateful Dead’s “And We Bid You Goodnight”.Luckily, photographer Alan Westman was there to capture mesmerizing images of Part & Parcel’s Corduroy Classic. Check out a gallery of photos below.Setlist: Part & Parcel’s Corduroy Classic | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 11/16/2017Set: In The Flesh?, Keep It Between The Lines, Love You Madly, Waiting For A Superman, Paper Thin Walls, Get No Better, All Apologies > Wayfaring Stranger, Hammer and Nails > New Speedway Boogie, Canned Heat, Take Me Out > Robot Rock > Take Me Out, On Your Way Down > Girlfriend Is BetterEncore: Whitehouse Road, And We Bid You GoodnightPart & Parcel’s Corduroy Classic | Cervantes’ Other Side | Denver, CO | 11/16/2018 | Photos: Alan Westman Load remaining imageslast_img read more


Dangerous pathogen research should be stopped — for good


first_imgResearch on extremely dangerous pathogens — on “pause” in the U.S. as scientific panels consider whether or not to continue federal funding for such work — should be stopped altogether, says Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Research on so-called potential pandemic pathogens (PPPs) is “exceptionally risky and has little public health benefit,” Lipsitch wrote in a January 20, 2015 article in Scientific American. PPPs are virus strains for which we have no natural immunity and no vaccines. If such strains are accidentally released it could cause “a global catastrophe” claiming millions of lives, Lipsitch said.Before extremely risky research is allowed to continue, “objective, credible, disinterested and quantitative risk-benefit analysis is needed,” Lipsitch wrote. Read Full Storylast_img read more


Glee Makes the Move to New York for the Rest of Season Five


first_img It was previously reported that after the musical comedy celebrates its 100th episode that will feature Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Chenoweth, and most of the original cast, the show would do several episodes in New York City focusing on Rachel (Lea Michele), Blaine (Darren Criss), Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Sam (Chord Overstreet). Kristin Chenoweth Star Files With the change of scenery Glee will get some cast revamps but details are still unclear. “Some are going to be graduating and moving; creatively, it would be ridiculous that everybody moves to New York,” Reilly said. “There will be some that will graduate and move on and they’ll arc back in when we do special episodes. They’ll always be a part of it… But for this season, there will be a graduation, several of the cast members will move on and a few others will go to New York.” Darren Crisscenter_img Lea Michele View Comments Bye bye McKinley High, hello Broadway! Glee is set to film the remainder of season five in New York, according to Entertainment Weekly. At a Television Critics Association panel on January 13, Fox entertainment chair Kevin Reilly confirmed the long-rumored plans that the rest of this season will be set entirely in the Big Apple.last_img read more


Analysts doubt business value of Zinke’s military base plan for coal exports


first_imgAnalysts doubt business value of Zinke’s military base plan for coal exports FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A proposal being considered by the Trump administration to use U.S. West Coast military installations for exporting coal and liquefied natural gas would face significant bureaucratic, economic and national security obstacles before it could become a reality. Even if it cleared those obstacles, the proposal would likely fail in its aim to circumvent environmental opposition in Western states, according to numerous experts.“It doesn’t seem to make sense from a business perspective, from a permitting perspective, and from a national security perspective,” said Tom Hicks, a former acting undersecretary of the U.S. Navy who is now a principal at the Mabus Group, a firm that consults on matters including energy. “… You just wouldn’t do it for all kinds of reasons.”U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke described the proposal in a recent interview with the Associated Press as a way to advance national security by boosting exports of U.S. fuels to Asian markets.However, a move to site export facilities on military bases would require government agencies and developers to address security and safety concerns, including concentrations of people, the presence of ammunition depots, and critical infrastructure and assets such as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. Experts were also skeptical about how much red tape the idea would actually cut, because developing export facilities would still require state and federal approvals that opponents could contest.“If you are looking at exports off the West Coast, whether it’s LNG or coal or oil or any other energy commodity, you are just going to get resistance from the local population,” Bob Ineson, executive director of global LNG research at IHS Markit, said about the Trump administration proposal. “And I’m not sure that using a federal site is going to change that. You’ve still got to go through the approval process. You’ve still got to get rail or pipe in there.”More ($): Proposal to export gas, coal from US military bases faces major obstacleslast_img read more


The Most Colorful Time to Get Tucker’d


first_imgStep outside, take a deep breath and let your lungs fill with paradise. This is fall at its very best, when autumn’s early arrival transforms Tucker County, West Virginia into an explosion of color. Loyal leaf peepers joyfully make their annual pilgrimage here and are rewarded with hues of blazing intensity. The legendary Leaf Peeper’s Festival, September 23rd – 25th, just might be the ultimate celebration of fall color. From the rugged beauty of the Blackwater Falls State Park to the pristine backcountry of the Dolly Sods wilderness and the breathtaking views at Lindy Point, this is a world untouched, unhurried, and unrivaled. Endless outdoor adventure makes getting “tucker’d” in Tucker County irresistible. Enjoy activities in the National Forest with epic mountain bike trails or gentle and scenic rail trails. A vast network of well-maintained trails allows firsthand access to a world of natural wonder. The Canaan Valley chairlifts run throughout the fall season, and just might be the best way to take in the colors of the valley and surrounding mountains. You’ll also find some of the East’s wildest areas here, including two Federal Wilderness Areas and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge.canaanvalley-weisler-0022 Fall in Tucker County brings with it plenty of fairs, festivals and friskiness. Sip a craft beer, an espresso, or a hot chocolate, and savor the folksy warmth and spirited music of the season. Raise your mug with an “ale to autumn” at one of the area’s three microbreweries—Mountain State Brewing Company, Blackwater Falls Brewery and the newest addition, Stumptown Ales. Explore the charming nooks and crannies of the quaint small towns of Davis, Thomas and Parsons where lively street pubs, corner cafes and eclectic shops provide a warm welcome. Make fall more colorful than ever with a visit to Tucker County, West Virginia. To learn more or for a free Travel Guide, visit canaanvalley.org or call 800-782-2775.last_img read more




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