Real Estate Dispute Between Developer, City Councilman Shows Need For Legal Intervention

In yet another twist within the many turns involving an emerging Philadelphia neighborhood, a well-known city developer is again challenging a Philadelphia councilman over a vacant lot and how its new owners got selected. According to local news website BillyPenn.com, developer Ori Feibush is going after a real estate transaction gone wrong in a recently-filed federal lawsuit. He claims that Councilman Kenyatta Johnson “awarded” the lot — which Feibush had cleaned — to a campaign donor. According to the report, the Philadelphia Land Bank issued a list of request for proposals (RFP) for the development of 10-publicly owned lots; one of which was the vacant one Feibush had taken the initiative to spruce up. The report adds that while Feibush’s application for the 10 properties met the RFP guidelines, Johnson apparently told the Land Bank to extend the application period and one of the councilman’s campaign donors later applied and was awarded the contract.

This isn’t the first time that the two have gone at it either in or outside of court. According to the report, similar claims by Feibush over two other vacant lots went before a jury last year and resulted in a verdict that favored Feibush to the tune of $34,000 in damages. This recently-filed lawsuit by Feibush also names the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Land Bank as defendants. According to lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin, cases such as these show the need for a court to step in when someone alleges corruption by a public official to the detriment of a consumer or business. As a skilled attorney who has obtained favorable verdicts in jury trials over decades, attorney Jeffrey Benjamin knows how to prepare for and present a high-stakes case. His track record includes multiple verdicts for both plaintiffs and defendants in various types of commercial litigation.

Real estate is big business and acquiring properties in up-and-coming neighborhoods is a wise business move if you want to profit later down the road. The problem, as Feibush has seemingly encountered, is that he’s not the only one to hold this belief. While it’s up to a court to determine if this most recent lawsuit can stand on its own, the fact that he’s already been paid out $34,000 in damages from the city shows that his experiences with Philadelphia have so far been less-than-savory.

For those in the New York City or Long Island area with any type of commercial litigation claims, don’t hesitate to contact lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin and learn more about your options in court.

Consumers’ Rights Lawyer Should Hear Evidence In Your Construction Industry Dispute

When it comes to construction, consumers getting what they paid for is crucial. For builders, however, clearly spelling out the work that will be done also holds a considerable amount of weight. That’s why contracts exist and when one party doesn’t own up to the expectations, it’s time for a skilled consumers’ rights attorney to step up. According to “Global Construction Dispute Report 2017: Avoiding the Same Pitfalls,” published by Arcadis Contract Solutions, the average value of a construction dispute was $21 million in 2016. Reaching a settlement also took two months longer in 2016 compared to the year before. The report also revealed that contract errors and omissions were the most common reasons for a dispute.

Attorney Jeffrey Benjamin says compiling a mountain of evidence you’ve gathered in a construction dispute case is necessary before even considering a lawsuit against a contractor.  Mr. Benjamin achieved a favorable verdict out of a case involving two construction contractors. He leveraged years of of experience in numerous construction law cases to win big. A month later, he achieved a $200,000 settlement in a real estate fraud case. Clearly, real estate plays a big role in consumer rights cases that make it to court because it often involves high stakes to the person or company harmed. That’s why lawyer Jeffrey Benjamin suggests seeking out skilled lawyers whose area of expertise is centered around deceptive practices and consumer law when considering a litigation against a contractor.

In its comments on the study, ConstructionDive, an industry trend website, states that construction disputes are unfortunately common. As such, a contract should “clearly spell out” what work is going to be done, and the timeline the contractor is required to keep. The analysis further states the changing industry trends, such as collaboration on construction projects, which likely decrease the number of disputes in the future. The Arcadis Contract Solutions summary further suggests that construction companies “resolve disputes early” as to “preserve productive relationships,” keep teams focused on the project at hand and keep “minor issues” out of court. Mr. Benjamin’s decades of litigation experience is a last resort, and he encourages parties to resolve issues before resorting to long, drawn out, and expensive lawsuits.

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