Another blow to Amazon in court battle with Durst Organization

Judge rejects e-commerce giant’s appeal of ruling over scuttled lease at 1133 Avenue of Americas

New York /
Jun.June 17, 2020 10:30 AM
Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with 1133 Sixth Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)

Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with 1133 Sixth Avenue (Getty, Google Maps)

Amazon is running out of moves to defend against the Durst Organization, which is suing the e-commerce giant over a scuttled lease deal.

Most recently, a judge denied an appeal by Amazon that followed a ruling favorable to Durst, according to Commercial Observer.

Durst is seeking $21 million in damages after the commercial landlord kept 310,000 square feet of space at 1133 6th Avenue vacant for Amazon and made modifications, before Amazon had a change of heart and signed with Vornado Realty Trust at a different location.

The landlord successfully argued in court that Amazon violated the terms of that 2014 lease negotiation, which forbade other negotiations from occurring simultaneously. The court’s ruling came down in January.

The case will now advance into the damages phase, though Amazon has been trying to delay proceeding, Commercial Observer reported.

Most recently, Amazon tried to appeal part of State Supreme Court Judge Jennifer Schecter’s January ruling by denying that it had insisted on Durst making changes to the space. The judge denied the motion, citing ample evidence to the contrary. [CO] — Erin Hudson


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
BentallGreenOak founder Sonny Kalsi and 2300 Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn (Photos via BentallGreenOak; Google Maps)
Amazon warehouse in Brooklyn sells for $46M
Amazon warehouse in Brooklyn sells for $46M
Jeff Bezos (Getty, Amazon/Illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal)
Amazon’s real estate footprint ballooned in 2020
Amazon’s real estate footprint ballooned in 2020
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with his Beverly Hills estate, 5 Manhattan West and 212 Fifth Avenue (Photos via Getty; Pinterest; Wikipedia Commons; City Realty)
Jeff Bezos, who turned real estate upside down, quits
Jeff Bezos, who turned real estate upside down, quits
Renderings of Amazon HQ2 and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (Photos via NBBJ/Getty)
Amazon unveils woodsy plans for HQ2
Amazon unveils woodsy plans for HQ2
Thor Equities' Joseph Sitt (iStock)
Thor Equities unloads UK logistics portfolio for $415M
Thor Equities unloads UK logistics portfolio for $415M
Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch and Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst (Getty, iStock)
Condé Nast considers move to Gold Coast to save money
Condé Nast considers move to Gold Coast to save money
261 Madison Avenue and 205 East 42nd Street are among the closed locations. (Sapir, Durst, WeWork)
WeWork dumps several Manhattan locations
WeWork dumps several Manhattan locations
RXR CEO Scott Rechler with 56-19 Grand Avenue, Queens (Getty, RXR)
These were the top outer-borough loans in December
These were the top outer-borough loans in December
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...