While Crumiller P.C. is proud of each and every successful outcome we have achieved for our clients, we’ve highlighted a few cases that we feel are particularly indicative of the problems we help our clients overcome.
As part of a two-person team, Susan successfully persuaded the Court of Appeals to reject the landlord’s argument that her client’s rent overcharge claim was barred by the statute of limitations. Instead, the Court permitted examination of the entire rental history for the apartment based on the “unrefuted proof of fraud in the record” Susan submitted.
The court granted Susan’s motion for summary judgment on her client’s rent overcharge case based upon extensive proof Susan submitted, including a pattern of wrongdoing by the landlord’s parent company. After this decision, the landlord reduced the rent to $750 per month (from nearly $2,000), completed extensive repairs in the apartment, and paid a lump sum in a confidential amount. The decision is also referenced in this article.
Susan won summary judgment on her client’s rent overcharge claim. Susan’s clients had moved into an apartment they initially thought was not subject to rent regulation. After further investigation, they sued the landlord, won a determination that the apartment was rent stabilized, and got a large rent rollback and lump sum payment.
Susan defended the tenant in a nuisance trial that went on for sixteen days with nearly 30 witnesses. In a 20-page decision, the court dismissed the landlord’s case, holding the landlord’s witnesses were not credible and that the landlord had failed to establish a nuisance under the law. The court relied heavily on testimony Susan elicited during her cross-examination of the landlord’s witnesses.
Susan fought off an appeal by a landlord who was unsuccessfully trying to get discovery from her clients.
Susan won an appeal at the Appellate Division, First Department. The Court upheld dismissal of the case against Susan’s client based on Susan’s argument that the landlord had failed to include sufficiently specific facts in the notice of non-renewal wherein the landlord claimed he wanted the apartment for his own use.