Simon Prop. Group, Inc. v. Palombaro, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45814 (Jan. 28, 2010)

LexisNexis Overview: Motion to dismiss sham litigation counterclaim was granted as although sham litigation was viable counterclaim in RICO suit, LLCs' counterclaim set forth only blanket and conclusory statements that shopping center developers contacted the U.S. Attorney's Office without cause, and filed baseless lawsuit with intent of inhibiting competition.

Counsel: Counsel: For SIMON PROPERTY GROUP, INC., SIMON PROPERTY GROUP, L.P., SIMON PROPERTY GROUP, L.P., SHOPPING CENTER ASSOCIATES, Plaintiffs: Pamela A. McCallum, LEAD ATTORNEY, Buchanan Ingersoll, Pittsburgh, PA.

For MARK M. PALOMBARO, ABBY, INC., Defendants: Thomas J. Farrell, LEAD ATTORNEY, David H. Cook, Valerie M. Antonette, Farrell & Reisinger, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA; Judy G. Hester, Brazill Hester, P.C., Indianapolis, IN; Stephen S. Stallings, Stallings LLC, Pittsburgh, PA; Tina O. Miller, Farrell & Reisinger, Pittsburgh, PA.

For ROBERT E. CRAWFORD, MATTHEW W. PADGETT, JOEL D. SENCHUR, DREAM BUILDERS AND DESIGNERS, LLC, JEFFREY T. SMITH, R.E. CRAWFORD CONSTRUCTION, LLC, PARAGON BUILDERS, LLC, J.A.C. CONSTRUCTION CONSULTING LLC, JEFFREY A. USELTON, Defendants, Counters Claimants: Anthony J. Basinski, LEAD ATTORNEY, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA.

For R.E. CRAWFORD CONSTRUCTION, INC., Defendant, Counter Claimant: Anthony J. Basinski, LEAD ATTORNEY, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP, Pittsburgh, PA; Robert O. Lampl, Pittsburgh, PA.

Judge: Gary L. Lancaster, Chief Judge, United States District Judge.

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