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January 9, 2020

Judge Issues Summary Judgment in Westminster Tenant Dispute

BALTIMORE — Baltimore  City Circuit Court Judge Philip S. Jackson issued an Order granting summary judgment Thursday (Jan. 9, 2020) in favor of Westminster Management, LLC and JK2 Westminster, LLC in an action filed by several tenants alleging that the company, among other things, violated the Maryland Real Property Article, their lease agreements, and common law by charging improper fees and expenses and misallocating tenant payments. Westminster is the real estate management arm of Kushner Companies. The case was Tenae Smith, et. al. v. Westminster Management, et al.

This ruling comes on the heels of the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s April 22, 2019 denial of class certification on these very same issues. This also effectively concludes Plaintiffs’ counsel’s efforts to improperly attempt to legislate through the judicial system. “This is an enormous win, not only for our client, but for property managers as a whole,” said Westminster attorney Michael Blumenfeld, a partner in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Baltimore office. “It is good to see that the law and justice prevail over political motivations and personal agendas.”

“This ruling should effectively bring an end to the Attorney General investigation and claims based on the same allegations,” said Westminster attorney Ty Kelly, a partner in Baker Donelson’s Baltimore Office.

This result was obtained through the efforts of Michael Blumenfeld, Jon Singer, and Michael Brown of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Ty Kelly of Baker Donelson.

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