New York Post – The developers of the famed landmark are fighting back following two multimillion-dollar lawsuits filed against them by separate penthouse buyers within the past two weeks.
Developer El-Ad Properties, which renovated the 101-year-old building to include pricey condos, is countersuing Russian hedge-fund manager Andrei Vavilov for damages totaling $36 million after he claimed he was the victim of a bait-and-switch.
Vavilov, 51, who bought adjoining duplex and triplex apartments for $53.5 million, filed a lawsuit against El-Ad and Stribling & Associates brokers for $30 million plus return of his $10.7 million deposit.
On Wednesday, the buyer of a duplex next to Vavilov’s two units – also said to be a hedge-fund manager – filed a similar suit, for $6.5 million.
In the countersuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, El-Ad accuses Vavilov of libel and filing a "sham lawsuit."