995 Fifth board files $5M suit vs. Extell, Westbrook

New York /
Jan.January 15, 2014 04:10 PM

The board at 995 Fifth Avenue filed a $5 million suit against Extell Development and Westbrook Partners, alleging breach of contract and fraud in the construction, marketing and sale of apartments at the luxury co-op building.

The building, the former Stanhope Hotel across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is widely considered one of the top co-op buildings in New York. The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by 995 Fifth Avenue Owners Corp. on Jan. 9, also alleges fraud and misrepresentation on the part of architect Centra/Ruddy in the design of the property and Corcoran Group in the sale of units at the building.

“I expect we are going to be able to amicably settle this matter with the Extell entity,” said Wolf Haldenstein attorney Jeffrey Reich, representing the board.

An Extell representative, however, said the complaint is without merit.

“Westbrook sold their interest in the property in 2007,” a spokesman for the firm. “They expect to be indemnified by the current ownership, should they get served.”

It’s not the first lawsuit alleging that the building had construction issues.

Joseph Plumeri, then CEO of Willis Holdings, filed suit in 2012 claiming Extell refused to reimburse most of his costs related to defective waterproofing, firestopping and soundproofing at the building. Plumeri demanded $3 million in reimbursements, plus $9 million in punitive damages.

Plumeri acquired the 8,000 square foot apartment on the 15th case after four months of litigation.

He later listed the apartment for $32 million.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
One Manhattan Square Extell Development CEO Gary Barnett (Credit: Curbed NY)
Extell lands $690M refinancing package for One Manhattan Square
Extell lands $690M refinancing package for One Manhattan Square
Atlas Hospitality Brokerage president Alan Reay (Atlas Hospitality Brokerage)
Listen: Inside the looming distress across the hotel market
Listen: Inside the looming distress across the hotel market
Extell Development’s Gary Barnett and Ze'ev Jabotinsky St 3 in Jerusalem, Israel
Gary Barnett gives Jerusalem a chance with land purchase
Gary Barnett gives Jerusalem a chance with land purchase
Bob Ghassemieh, Ignazio and Maggio Cipriani, Mr. C Seaport at 33 Peck Slip (Getty, Mr. C Residences, Google Maps, Bob Ghassemieh)
Mr. C Seaport hotel sold to South Korean operator for $60M
Mr. C Seaport hotel sold to South Korean operator for $60M
Hotel at Times Square heads to auction
Hotel at Times Square heads to auction
Hotel at Times Square heads to auction
Joseph Tabak, Gary Barnett and Robert Gans with 617 11th Avenue, 603 West 45th Street, 533 West 27th Street (LinkedIn, Robert's Skeathouse, Google Maps, Getty)
Extell, Tabak poised to take over prized Hell’s Kitchen parcel
Extell, Tabak poised to take over prized Hell’s Kitchen parcel
From left: Nir Meir, Gary Barnett, Konrad Bicher, Eric Adams and Paul Manafort (Photo Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal with Getty, HFZ Capital Group, Twitter/Konrad Bicher)
New York’s biggest, baddest and juiciest real estate lawsuits of 2022
New York’s biggest, baddest and juiciest real estate lawsuits of 2022
From left: Quadrum Development's Oleg Pavlov, Toby Moskovits, and Heritage Equity Partners' Michael Lichtenstein with the  96 Wythe Ave (Williamsburg Hotel, Getty)
UK firm to buy Moskovits, Lichtenstein’s Williamsburg Hotel for $96M
UK firm to buy Moskovits, Lichtenstein’s Williamsburg Hotel for $96M
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...