Judah Lifschitz comments on The Wharf Lawsuit

Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram partner Judah Lifschitz* was quoted in the August 14, 2015 edition of the BisNow newsletter regarding a recent lawsuit filed in D.C. federal court against the developer of The Wharf, a $2B renewal project on D.C.’s Southwest Waterfront.

An owner of three businesses located at the Maine Avenue Fish Market brought the action and also filed a preliminary injunction against Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and the D.C. government claiming that the developer has attempted to expel the businesses from their leased property and block customer access points. Hoffman-Madison Waterfront denies the claim, stating that it has worked with existing business owners to minimize temporary disruptions associated with construction.

Lifschitz comments, “Much depends on what’s in the lease and what the facts are when proven. The reality is they’re going to be hurting for a long period of time here until the development is finished.” Lifschitz further stated regarding the businesses, “How they survive between today and when the developer puts them back in business, that’s a very real and practical problem.”

Photo: BisNow. Judah Lifschitz is pictured on the right.

*Mr. Lifschitz does not represent any of the parties in the lawsuit.