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That’s prime: Durst’s $25M Amazon lawsuit clears hurdle

Developer is suing for violation of a letter of intent to lease 1133 Sixth Avenue

August 25, 2015 09:30AM


Amazon’s customer service might be good, but is it $25 million good?

Douglas Durst, who is suing the online retail colossus for violating a 2013 letter of intent, will soon find out. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge yesterday waved the suit along. It will now proceed to the discovery phase, the New York Post reported.

The developer, the head of the Durst Organization, is suing for fraud over an agreement his company made with Amazon in 2013, regarding a possible 310,000-square-foot lease at Durst’s 1133 Sixth Avenue. The letter didn’t commit Amazon to the lease, but it stipulated that the negotiations would remain exclusive until a decision was reached.

Durst’s suit alleges Amazon was simultaneously in negotiations with Vornado Realty, with whom it ultimately signed, at 7 West 34th Street. By then, Durst had spent $1.3 million renovating the space at 113 Sixth Avenue, according to the Post. [NYP]Ariel Stulberg