Engleman v. Dr. Atkins: Worked with a team of attorneys who represented two women asked to prepare recipes for inclusion in Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution, a major bestseller. Dr. Atkins accepted the recipes for his book and then failed to pay the plaintiffs the agreed upon amount. After a trial, the New York jury returned with a verdict in favor of the plaintiffs and against Dr. Atkins.
Vanguard v. Coryell: Worked with a team of attorneys who represented guitarist Larry Coryell in a suit brought by his record company. The record company “suspended” the recording artist for failure to comply with its stringent contract, and then the company filed a motion for an injunction to prevent him from negotiating or signing with another record label. Steven Sarshik prepared the brief in opposition to the record company’s motion for an injunction. The judge found in favor of Coryell and denied the company’s application for an injunction. The decision opened the door for Coryell to sign with a major record label. This was considered a groundbreaking opinion which helped recording artists achieve greater freedom.
Vick v. Albert: After a partner in a real estate venture died, the remaining partners were obligated to dissolve the partnership. The remaining partners had to provide the heirs of the deceased partner with a sum equal to the value of her share in the partnership. The deceased partner had a twenty percent interest in the partnership, and the remaining partners insisted on taking a “minority discount.” They wanted to deduct thirty-five percent from the value of her share in the partnership, ostensibly because a minority share would be worth less in the market place. Steven Sarshik represented the heirs of the deceased partner and convinced a Supreme Court judge that utilizing a minority discount would be unfair and would be contrary to sound public policy. The determination was affirmed by the Appellate Division, First Department. The decision of the appellate court is expected to have a great impact on real estate partnerships in Manhattan.
Ilanjian v. Albert Borden, Inc.: Steven Sarshik represented the owner of a 32-room mansion in Litchfield, Connecticut who sued his real estate agent for failure to sell his house after the house had been on the market for a year. The case was heard in Federal District Court in Connecticut. This unique lawsuit was successful, and the jury returned with a verdict against the real estate agent for breach of contract.
Akron Meats v. 1418 Kitchens: A commercial landlord in New York was forced by a trial judge to make a large payment to a tenant after the landlord required the tenant to leave the premises before the end of the lease term. The lease in effect between the parties provided that the tenant would receive this large payment if it complied with all other provisions of the lease and left the premises in good repair. Steven Sarshik represented the landlord on appeal before the Appellate Division, First Department, and convinced the court that the landlord should not have to make the payment since the tenant left the premises in damaged condition with exposed wiring and holes in the floor. The decision of the Appellate Division in this case established the standard under which a commercial tenant must leave a property in New York City.