NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 01, 2013
On June 14, 2013, the parties suing Concierge Auctions LLC and its controlling parties filed an Amended Complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York to further amplify their claims. The plaintiffs in the action, who consist of prior clients of Concierge Auctions, as well as a competitor and industry leader, Grand Estates Auction Company, originally filed a complaint on April 16, 2013, against Concierge Auctions LLC, Laura Brady, Mike Russo and George Graham, asserting multiple claims pursuant to the United States Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act and related claims for false advertising and deceptive business practices based on alleged various fraudulent acts and practices committed by Concierge Auctions and its controlling parties (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, and Michael Russo, Case 1:13-cv-02527-JGK, United States District Court, Southern District of New York). According to court documents, many of the RICO allegations concern Concierge Auctions Head of Client Services, Chad Roffers. However, due to Mr. Roffers’ bankruptcy, he could not yet be added to the suit. After filing the complaint, the plaintiffs became aware of additional facts and circumstances to further substantiate their claims and have included same in the Amended Complaint.
“Contrary to the press releases issued by Moses & Singer White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group Chair Robert Wolf, Concierge Auctions LLC’s legal counsel, we became aware of additional facts and circumstances concerning Concierge’s alleged improper conduct after filing the original lawsuit” said Valaria DeVine, CEO of Grand Estates Auction Company, LLC. “All plaintiffs stand behind the allegations in the RICO case against Concierge Auctions, LLC as it is based upon facts. This case is not a two-party dispute, but was instead brought by Grand Estates as well as the Bloesers and Jarols who have alleged to have been defrauded by Concierge. We believe that Concierge Auctions’ alleged frauds have negatively impacted the luxury auction industry as a whole, and the suit was filed to try and put a stop to their frauds as alleged in the complaint.”
Past Concierge Auctions clients John and Nancy Bloeser and Deborah and Sherwyn Jarol are co-plaintiffs in the case. Other luxury real estate auction houses are commending Grand Estates Auction Company for pursuing this action.
“In a letter submitted to the court on May 8, 2013, Mr. Wolf asserts that the RICO lawsuit was filed in retaliation for a frivolous lawsuit Concierge Auctions filed that is pending in Florida, but this is simply not true, “ stated DeVine. “The RICO suit was being contemplated before Concierge Auctions even filed the Florida suit. We commenced the lawsuit to aid in restoring the reputation of the luxury auction industry, so that the public understands that Concierge Auctions’ dishonest practices alleged in the complaint are particular to that company, and do not reflect on Grand Estates Auction Company or our colleagues who continue to act with the utmost integrity to obtain successful results for our clients.”
“It is unfortunate that Concierge Auctions and their attorney, Moses & Singer White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group Chair Robert Wolf, have chosen to issue statements to the media containing false accusations about Grand Estates Auction Company that besmirch our leading reputation in the industry,” continued DeVine. “We will not allow those false accusations to go unanswered, further damaging our company and the luxury real estate auction industry, but we believe in the legal process and that we will prevail in litigation.”
Past sellers or bidders in Concierge Auctions auctions who wish to review a copy of the Amended Complaint or who are interested in joining the civil RICO lawsuit against Concierge Auctions should contact plaintiffs’ counsel, Goldberg & Rimberg, PLLC at (212) 697-3250.