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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.

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