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Joe Rose files suit against father-in-law

Ex Planning Commissioner claims Georgetown head removed him from deals, hacked email

April 30, 2014 04:55PM

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From left: Joe Rose and Marshall Rose

From left: Joe Rose and Marshall Rose

Former Department of City Planning Commissioner Joe Rose filed suit against real estate honcho and father-in-law, Marshall Rose. The suit claims the property company executive cut the commissioner out of deals and hacked his personal email following a split from daughter Wendi Rose.

Joe Rose went to work for his father-in-law’s Madison Avenue real estate company after serving under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani from 1993 to 2002, then split from wife Wendi in 2010.

Marshall Rose, no blood relation to Joe Rose, allegedly cut his son-in-law’s ownership interest in the businesses from 22 percent to 0.01 percent following the marital split, removed him from a $19.5 million Four Seasons Hotel deal in Washington, D.C. and “intentionally disseminated” both his personal and business emails “to outside parties for use by Rose’s daughter and her representatives in connection with divorce settlement negotiations,” according to the lawsuit.

“Rather than seeking to promote the financial interests of the company, Rose used the company as a vehicle to settle his own personal and familial scores,” the suit says.

The litigation aims to have a judge reinstate Joe Ross to his previous role in the Georgetown Company, the Post reported.

“The court ruled yesterday against the efforts of Joseph Rose to obtain preliminary relief in connection with his baseless claims, finding that Joseph Rose is unlikely to succeed,” Davidson Goldin, Marshall Rose’s spokesperson, said in a statement. [Crain’s]Julie Strickland

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