Grand Estates Auction Company Suffers Legal Setback in New York Federal Court

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On May 20, 2013, at a hearing held in New York Federal District Court, Robert S. Wolf, of Moses & Singer LLP, attorney for Concierge Auctions, indicated “many reasons why the Civil RICO complaint, filed by the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Grand Estates Auction Company, was legally deficient and should be dismissed.” This was in connection with Concierge Auctions’ anticipated motion seeking the complete dismissal of the RICO charges.

Robert Wolf, stated, “Grand Estates Auction Company suffered a setback in the RICO case they brought against their more successful competitor ."

On May 20, 2013, at a hearing held in New York Federal District Court, Robert S. Wolf, of Moses & Singer LLP, attorney for Concierge Auctions, indicated “many reasons why the Civil RICO complaint, filed by the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Grand Estates Auction Company, was legally deficient and should be dismissed.” This was in connection with Concierge Auctions’ anticipated motion seeking the complete dismissal of the RICO charges.

Grand Estates Auction Company’s attorney immediately requested permission to re-file an amended complaint and this was granted according to the Court Order. Robert Wolf stated, “This was done in an effort to fix the numerous factual and legal deficiencies rather than face dismissal of the claims by the court.”

Robert Wolf stated, “Grand Estates Auction Company suffered a setback in the RICO case they brought against their more successful competitor Concierge Auctions.” (4K&D Corporation d/b/a Grand Estates Auction Company, John Bloeser, Nancy Bloeser, Deborah Jarol and Sherwin Jarol vs. Concierge Auctions LLC, Laura Brady, George Graham, Michael Russo, Jane Doe 1-20, and ABD Corp (1-10) in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, CASE1:13-CV-02527)

Wolf continued, “The Court has allowed Grand Estates Auction Company one opportunity to try to cure those defects detailed in Court, following which Concierge Auctions will be permitted to file its dismissal motion.”

According to Wolf, “At the hearing, the Judge also expressed concern about the recent sworn deposition testimony of John Bloeser, one of the Plaintiffs in the RICO action, who admitted that he was not even aware that he and his wife were suing Concierge Auctions for damages in Federal Court.”

He added, “The legal actions taken by Grand Estates Auction Company and its CEO Val DeVine are a transparent series of actions by a competitor to interfere with the success of Concierge Auctions. Grand Estates seeks to damage the well-established reputation and positive, leading position that Concierge Auctions and its executives hold in the luxury real estate auction market.”

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