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: 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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