Former mates and enterprise companions are duking it out with dueling lawsuits.
Cara Lewis has moved out of the $28,000-per-month Manhattan workplace she had sub-leased from branding execuitve Marcie Allen.
Lewis’ attorneys disclosed that Cara Lewis Group was now not working within the Flatiron District places of work that home MAC Presents, the 15-year-old branding agency arrange by Allen to attach artists with firms and shopper merchandise. The previous mates had shared the workplace for two-and-a-half years, and continued to occupy the house collectively after Lewis filed swimsuit in April, alleging Allen owed her greater than $600,000 in unpaid loans and commissions.
Allen filed her personal lawsuit towards Lewis in May, saying Lewis breached her lease and created a untenable work setting, refusing to go away as Allen was making an attempt to evict her. After two months sharing the house with their rival lawsuits pending, Lewis vacated the constructing final week and is now working from places of work about 4 blocks north of the MAC Presents places of work.
It is also not clear what day Lewis moved out — she was nonetheless utilizing the workplace when Allen’s lawyer Christine Lepera filed a movement to dismiss Lewis’ lawsuit on June 24 — “Lewis remains a nuisance, and continues to create problems for MAC vis a vis its own employees who have been unable to work in the toxic work environment created by Lewis,” Lepera wrote in a footnote.
On May 9, Allen sued Lewis, alleging “abusive conduct” in direction of workers figuring out of the businesses’ shared workplace house and failure to pay bills incurred by MAC to assist Lewis set up her unbiased expertise company. Allen stated Lewis refused to vacate the premises after being requested to go away and sued for declaratory reduction and a litany of expenses together with ejectment, breach of lease, personal nuisance and unfair competitors.
Allen’s swimsuit follows a summons filed by Lewis towards Allen on April 25, by which Lewis accused the MAC Presents founding father of failing to repay a $325,000 mortgage and $322,000 in commissions for branding offers tied to the artist Khalid. Lewis additionally sought a declaratory judgment that Allen not be allowed to take away her from their shared workplace house on lower than twelve months’ written discover.
Now that Lewis has left the 5,400-sq.-ft. house, the battle has shifted over which lawsuit ought to take precedent — whereas Lewis was first to file a summons, Allen was the primary to file a grievance.
Lepera says a one-page rental settlement Lewis used to point out she did not violate the lease settlement was merely a contingency arrange within the occasion that MAC Presents was offered and a brand new proprietor took over the lease. Lepera stated MAC did obtain on provide from a “presitigous managmeent company.”
“Given Lewis’s notorious reputation in the industry, Lewis was concerned that she would be displaced from the office if MAC were to be bought out. Thus, a one page, shortform ‘Rental Agreement’ specifically designed to protect Lewis and CLG in that event was drafted,” Lepera wrote. “The parties signed the agreement with the agreement that it was to be effective only if MAC were to be sold. While the deal almost closed, MAC was never sold.”
This story was up to date with new details about Lewis’ new places of work.