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Samuel L. Jackson and Neighbors File New York Breach of Contract Suit

Posted on Jan 01, 2016

Samuel L. Jackson, former Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack, and additional residents of the Leonori, an Upper East Side building, are suing an AT&T subsidiary for approximately $750,000. In their lawsuit filed in Manhattan State Supreme Court, residents of the building allege breach of contract, fraud, and unjust enrichment. They assert that they have been paying for the subsidiary’s electricity since 1992, when the company installed a cell phone tower on the roof of the building.

In the court filing, the residents of the Leonori further allege the following:

  • AT&T’s subsidiary built a cell phone tower on the roof of the Leonori in 1992.
  • Under their agreement, the company was supposed to install its own electric supply line and meter.
  • The company never installed the supply line or meter.
  • Instead, the tower was attached to a submeter on an electrical line that supplies power to the common areas of the building.
  • Since the residents pay that bill, they have therefore been paying for the company’s electric bill since 1992.
  • The problem was discovered during the summer of 2011, when the condominium board ordered an energy audit on the building.
  • Based upon submeter readings, an estimated 70 percent of the electricity used on the building’s line is absorbed by the cell phone tower.

AT&T made a settlement offer to the residents of the Leonori in the amount of $100,000. The residents believe that AT&T knew about the electricity issue and deliberately failed to do anything to correct it.

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