Heller Ehrman Sued By DC Office Landlord

I’m not sure whether this on just slipped by us and the rest of the media or what.  But back on October 29, 2008, Mept St., Matthews LLC – the landlord of Heller’s DC office – filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court. 

In Case # CGC-08-481353, according to Mept, which is being represented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Heller has not paid rent since August 1, 2008 with the monthy rate being $406,888.13.  The complaint asks for at least $31M in compensation for early termination of the lease.

With the filing by Heller’s SF landlord and the David Simon suit in San Francisco Superior Court, I think the prevailing winds indicate a bankruptcy filing very soon by the Dissolution Committee.


2 Responses to “Heller Ehrman Sued By DC Office Landlord”

  1. 1 Former Associate 18 December 2008 at 1:17 am

    Neither the Simon suit nor the D.C. landlord’s suit suggest an early Heller bankruptcy filing. Both suits have status conference dates months into next year, and neither plaintiff seems to have sought any prejudgment relief. In these circs, bankruptcy is still a long way from necessary. (Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it is not forced or necessary.)

    I haven’t taken a close look at developments in the S.F. landlord’s suit. That plaintiff was seeking prejudgment relief, which could preciptitate events. That plaintiff would still be behind the bank lien, but I don’t know how the bank would react/has reacted to the landlord’s effort.

    I’ll aim to post again after seeing if I can see what has happened in the S.F. landlord suit.

  2. 2 Another Former Associate 18 December 2008 at 2:06 am

    P.S.: In the S.F. landlord’s suit, there is a hearing on the landlord’s motion for an attachment on Dec. 19. The docket suggests that either Heller or the bank would file some responsive paper, but none are yet visible in the docket.

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