333 East 43 Owners Corp. v. Boylan, September 24, 2010

On September 24, 2010, in 333 East 43 Owners Corp. v. Boylan, L&T Index 54067/10 (NY Civ. Ct., N.Y. Co.), Kucker Marino Winiarsky & Bittens, LLP won an important decision for its client, the cooperative corporation (landlord) against the cooperative shareholder (tenant) for unpaid coop maintenance and storage fees. Housing Court Judge Michelle Schreiber held the petitioner coop corporation was the prevailing party in having received 100% of the relief it demanded in court – payment of all of the unpaid coop maintenance and storage fees, and the shareholder tenant did not prevail on any of her affirmative defenses or her $1 million counterclaim. The fact that the petitioner was able to obtain relief without resort to a judgment was deemed by the court not to alter the circumstances for purposes of determining a prevailing party (the shareholder capitulated when trial was to commence and signed a stipulation of settlement in which the coop corporation obtained all of the relief sought in its lawsuit), and, thus, the petitioner is entitled to an award of reasonable attorneys’ fees as the prevailing party.