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MSF in New York Times

“I am gratified that the D.H.C.R. made the correct decision, ruling that Independence Plaza is not rent stabilized,” said Stephen B. Meister, a lawyer for Mr. Gluck, noting that tenants still had some rent protection because of the 2004 agreement.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

MSF represents Draeger Safety Diagnostics, Inc., the manufacturer of the Alcotest® 7110, a sophisticated, microprocessor-based evidential breath testing instrument that is used around the world. New Jersey, and other United States jurisdictions, have chosen the Alcotest® to replace their aging and obsolete Breathalyzer® devices, which are based on fifty-year-old technology.

On March 17, 2008, the New Jersey Supreme Court became the first State high court in the United States to find such a device scientifically reliable, when it declared that the Alcotest® satisfied the rigorous tests for scientific reliability. In reaching its conclusion in State v. Chun, 194 N.J. 54, 943 A.2d 11, 2008 WL 695544 (March 17, 2008), the Court adopted virtually all the fact findings in the reports its Special Master issued after almost twenty weeks of hearings on the instrument's reliability. It also rejected the challenges to the device mounted by twenty defendants during the contentious and vigorously litigated hearings.

MSF partner, Jeffrey Schreiber, represented Draeger in connection with the hearings and argued the case for Draeger in the New Jersey Supreme Court in March 2007 and January 2008.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Jeffrey Schreiber

“Yair Levy and Serge Hoyda, investors in the Sheffield Sponsor, have been victimized by Kent Swig, who took millions in loan advances from the senior lenders, Wells Fargo and Guggenheim, when those lenders knew Swig was vastly over budget and knew or should have known that Swig was using the loan proceeds for personal purposes,” said Stephen B. Meister, a lawyer for Mr. Levy and Mr. Hoyda. “They are now attempting to sell their loans to investors who intend on foreclosing.”

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Mr. Meister said, “the overarching issue is retroactivity.”

“The tenants could win anything from hundreds of millions of dollars to zero,” he said. “They may not get a dime.”

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

Stephen Meister, the lead lawyer representing Mr. Gluck in the case, said that since the city retroactively terminated the benefits as of the Mitchell-Lama exit date, the units never became subject to rent stabilization. He said the J-51 benefits were inadvertently granted, because they were supposed to end when the buildings left the Mitchell-Lama program.

“This whole notion that the whole thing should be turned topsy-turvy because of a minuscule amount of J-51 benefits that were mistakenly or inadvertently allowed to continue, and then later reversed and repaid, is ludicrous,” Mr. Meister said.

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Attorneys Mentioned: Stephen B. Meister

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