Eyewitness News NEW YORK (WABC) — A Muslim family is suing the Empire State Building management company after they say they were booted from the landmark for praying. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan District Court on Tuesday. The couple says they and their two young children were escorted from the observation deck last July after silently kneeling for evening prayers. The family claims their civil rights were violated. The lawsuit names the publicly-owned ESB management company, the security firm and […]
Phillip Hines, a lawyer for the the family, told CNN, “an unwritten rule or policy was being enforced by security when they removed these people.”
“They weren’t bothering anybody, they were out of the way, and for them to be thrown out of the building is just an ignorant and shameful exercise in discriminatory conduct,” Hines said.
The Tirmizis’ lawyer, Phil Hines, said the family outing became an experience of intolerance.
“To most, the Empire State Building is one of the great landmarks of this city, but for my client and his family, it is a building of ignorance and injustice,” Hines said.
“A family trip to enjoy the cityscape was cut short after security officials threw them out of the building for exercising their religious beliefs.”
“This decision is a game changer for brokers trying to collect commissions when they have been blocked out of the final negotiations of a real estate deal and are not paid a commission,” attorney Marc Held, a partner in Manhattan-based Held and Hines, who represented Talk of the Town, said in a statement. “For decades it was understood that the last broker standing was considered the procuring cause of a transaction.”
Extell, Carlyle blocked from selling out Rushmore condos In longstanding typo case, judge rules that developers must pay $5 million in interest first August 08, 2013 04:30PM By David Jones From left: Extell’s Gary Barnett, 80 Riverside Drive and Carlyle’s Will Conway Jr. Extell Development and Carlyle Realty Partners have been blocked from unloading the last remaining condominium at the Rushmore on the Upper West Side until they cough up $5 million in interest payments to a group of would-be buyers. […]
“To most, the Empire State Building is one of the great landmarks of this city, but for my client and his family it is a building of ignorance and injustice,” Phil Hines
“What happened to these two kids is outrageous,” said Philip Hines,
“My client is extraordinarily pleased with the court’s decision today,” said Marc Held… attorney for Coffey. “The court has made it very clear that there was no typographical error in the contract and no legal excuse for not returning my client’s down-payment monies as of Sept. 2, 2008.”