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Bar brawls could alter nature of nightlife leases

September 19, 2012 09:00AM

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W.i.P. after the brawl and attorney Gabriel Levinson

The aftermath of the highly publicized brawl that broke out between hip-hop musicians Drake and Chris Brown at the W.i.P. club in Soho may reverberate throughout the real estate industry. The nature of leases for nightlife establishments could change significantly, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin attorney Gabriel Levinson told the New York Post.

Landlords may require clubs to serve in plastic cups, include lease-termination clauses in the event of police shut downs or other incidents and prohibit bottle service (as Jay-Z did at the Barclays Center 40/40 Club). Meanwhile, tenants may require patrons to sign waivers upon entering the club.They could also turn to litigation, as W.i.P. did in a lawsuit it filed against the city for approving its security plan only to shut it down after the Brown-Drake incident. That fight has already elicited several multi-million dollar lawsuits, including one from NBA star Tony Parker.

“Fights involving bottles of liquor go back to the Wild West, and now it’s evolved into buying the most expensive bottles and who gets to sit at the better table, and who gets to send each other the most expensive Ace of Spades champagne — or even a case of it,” Levinson said. [Post, 1st item] — Adam Fusfeld

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