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Defrauded Developers Recover $14.5M in Orlando Gateway Dispute

Crescent Gateway building complex at sunset
A luxury apartment community is being built in the first phase of Gateway, a mixed-used development in Orlando.

The developers of a huge retail, office and apartment complex in Orlando, FL, recovered a $14.5 million jury verdict after being fraudulently deprived of their membership interest in the $500 million project near Orlando International Airport.

Plaintiff Good Gateway, LLC and Cross-claimant, SEG Gateway, LLC, charged the defendants with breach of the operating agreement, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, conspiracy to commit civil theft, and constructive fraud.

The verdict on July 16 ended four years of litigation. The case, No. 2010-CA-015315, was tried before 9th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lisa T. Munyon in Division 43 (Business Court).

Lawyers for the plaintiffs were Clay M. Townsend, Keith R. Mitnik and John W. Dill of Morgan & Morgan PA in Orlando.

The defendants in the complex commercial litigation included Orlando Gateway Partners LLC, Nilhan Hospitality LLC, Niloy & Rohan LLC, Chittranjam K. Thakkar and NCT Systems Inc.

The 120-acre planned development, which broke ground in 2009, will have 140,000 square feet of retail space, 1,200 luxury apartment units, six to eight restaurants, 200,000 square feet of corporate office space and 525 hotel units.

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