Rival malls still battle in courts

first_imgThe plaintiffs wanted to prevent Caruso from using the information, which they deemed highly confidential, and sought to get it back. Superior Court Judge Ann Kough ordered Caruso to return the documents on Jan. 23. Officials with Caruso Affiliated could not be reached for comment Wednesday, but the court order stated the Los Angeles-based developer has not admitted they had confidential information or had obtained it through “improper means.” General Growth attorney David Battaglia said the decision shows Caruso, which filed a $40 million antitrust claim in 2004 against his client, also engaged in unfair business practices. “Caruso secretly has been harboring General Growth’s confidential tenant information related to the Galleria for years, and the court order affirms Caruso’s unfair conduct,” he said Wednesday. Caruso’s lawsuit accuses General Growth of violating business practices by asking Caruso to join a partnership and divide tenants between the Galleria and the Americana. Caruso also accused General Growth of threatening store chains by saying it would delay or deny them leases at other malls if they lease at the Americana. Battaglia said the allegations were unfounded. “Caruso originally alleged that General Growth was competing unfairly by threatening the Cheesecake Factory and other alleged unnamed tenants not to do business with him,” he said. “But the Cheesecake Factory was deposed, and confirmed what it has been saying publicly since 2004, that no such business ever occurred.” General Growth had attempted to block construction of the Americana by challenging in court the city of Glendale’s study of the project site. The lawsuit was dropped in 2005 after losing at the state Court of Appeal. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – Construction is under way at the $324 million Americana at Brand center, but its developer Caruso Affiliated and Chicago-based General Growth Properties, which owns the adjacent Glendale Galleria, continue to clash in court. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge recently ordered Caruso to return confidential leasing documents to General Growth. Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by Caruso in 2004 alleging its neighbor and competitor violated antitrust laws and engaged in unfair business practices is slated to go to court this summer. It’s part of the ongoing legal tussle since Caruso proposed the 15.5-acre shopping and resident project in downtown. Americana is scheduled to open next year right next to the Galleria shopping center. In December, General Growth filed an injunction against Caruso Affiliated and developer Rick Caruso, who allegedly had obtained information including rent rolls, lease and sales data for Glendale Galleria tenants from a third party. last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A PENSIONER has been robbed in the latest burglary in County Donegal.The man was at home around 4.30pm this afternoon when a dark coloured jeep drove up to his front door in the Ballinamore area of Fintown.A man in his 20s knocked and asked for a jug of water. When the pensioner went into the kitchen of his home to answer what he thought was a good errand for someone in need, the thief struck.He walked into the house and lifted money which had been sitting on a table.When the pensioner returned, the burglar had fled.A text alert on the incident was sent out in the area over an hour later. Gardai in Glenties have spent this evening trying to locate the thief.“This was a particularly despicable crime,” said one shocked neighbour.“The victim is one of the gentlest and nicest people you could ever hope to meet and someone has taken advantage of that generosity.”    COMMUNITY ALERT: PENSIONER ROBBED IN LATEST DONEGAL BURGLARY was last modified: May 12th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:break-inburglaryFNTOWNthieflast_img read more