Lawsuit against Pinnacle announced

July 11, 2007 12:00AM

A lawsuit was filed in federal court today against mega-landlord Pinnacle Group and its principal, Joel Weiner, for allegedly fraudulently inflating rents, failing to make needed repairs, and groundlessly harassing tenants as “part of a coordinated business strategy to boost profits and drive middle-income tenants from their apartments,” according to statements. The lawsuit was announced in a press conference held by Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. “I have never seen the mere mention of a landlord create so much fear,” said Stringer. more By Jen Benepe

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