An architectural firm that brought the luxury Regalia condominium in Sunny Isles Beach to life at the end of last year has won the high-stakes federal court battle over its design “with prejudice,” meaning the plaintiff is unable to file again.
Arquitectonica International was sued last summer for allegedly lifting plans and drawings for the tower from Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership. However, U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King found no “substantial similarity” between the old design and the new 47 floors of waterfront residences at 19505 Collins Avenue.
The firm had replaced Sieger as designer back in 2000, but the project stalled until 2012 and Sieger didn’t file until then. Paul Murphy, the principal of developer Regalia Holdings, was a named co-defendant in the $70 million lawsuit. [Miami Herald] — Angela Hunt