Jaspan Schlesinger Secures Dismissal of $30 Million Claim Against Village of Sag Harbor Attorneys and Consultants
Date: February 28th, 2011
A $30 million Federal suit filed by East End Ventures, a company that failed to win approval for a three-story, 18 unit condominium proposed for Ferry Road and overlooking the Harbor, against attorneys and consultants of the Village of Sag Harbor, was dismissed without a trial in January.
In 2009, when a proposal was before the Sag Harbor Village Planning Board, the Village Code was amended in accordance with a three year long comprehensive planning process. The Code amendment reduced the number of condominium units which would be allowed on the plaintiff’s property. In the 42 USC Section 1983 damages suit, East End Ventures claimed it had been led to believe the project would be exempt from the amended Code.
East End alleged that the amendment was designed specifically to thwart its project and to prevent it from selling a portion of the property to any buyer other than the Village of Sag Harbor. The plaintiff also claimed that the Village’s application process was flawed and did not afford it a timely and effective review – an alleged violation of the plaintiff’s Due Process rights. Judge Leonard Wexler dismissed the suit against the Village’s attorneys and consultants in a decision dated January 9, 2011. The Village’s attorneys and consultants were represented by partner Maureen T. Liccione. East End Ventures, LLC. v.Village of Sag Harbor, 2010-CV-3967.