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April 6 2018 1645 GMT

Content for Folder PlaceHolders  - Started March 14 2018

I thought I’d use the editorial potential of the folder placeholders  [1] to lay out the possibility of an alternative way of viewing this problem.

Why don’t we begin with the obvious question.

Why didn’t Robert F McDermott completely and expeditiously settle a perfectly ordinary water/steam-damage claim in a legitimate, well-known and perhaps even upscale NYC cooperative apartment building?


And if Robert F McDermott failed to appreciate his duty to settle the claim - then what were the internal membership mechanisms to resolve the matter?

I ask this question of the persons cc’d below.

On review - one can see that there were no triable facts in the matter:  as such, no trial was necessary.

What in heaven’s name could have been the circumstances behind a fully and correctly insured plaintiff presenting himself in Judge Carol E Huff’s courtroom for a declaratory judgement as how to parse the financial responsibility for restoring:

  1. The tenant’s damaged personal property, fixtures, and improvements: and,
  2. the cooperative corporation landlord’s property

This question has a very sad answer; and I lay the deficit in moral accountability at the feet of Judge Carol Huff.

So what was going on?  What was played out in Judge Huff’s courtoom was a very simple fraud upon the court.

For the purposes of the thought experiment - let’s just make some assumptions.  For the purpose of the discussion, let’s accept these facts as prima facie true.

  1. The Koenig family owned shares in 55 Liberty Owners Corp which entitled them to a proprietary lease on apartment # 17C.
  2. 55 Liberty Owners Corp, the cooperative housing corporation, had a condominium interest
  3. The Koenig family was the fourth owner of the shares ;  the second owner of the shares (Joseph Pell Lombardi) had performed in 1985-86 a bespoke medium-high end gut-rehab of # 17C from the studs in for the third owner - Burt Sanoff [RIP].
  4. As
  5. The cooperative apartment corporation single-pipe system steam pipe riser behind and beyond the demising walls of Koenig family cooperative apartment unit # 17C at 55 Liberty Street in NYC did fracture.
  6. A steam pipe branch runout welded to the 6” steam riser and feeding the Southwest corner radiator of Koenig family cooperative apartment unit # 17C at 55 Liberty Street in NYC became separated at the beginning of the 1988-1989 winter heating season and leaked saturated high-pressure Con Edison industrial steam piped in from Con Ed’s 24th street electrical generating plant 3 miles away.

cc: this list is assembled pretty much as it comes to mind.

Judge Carol E Huff

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The text in this document appears at the root of many folders that serve to organize the story.




[1] This index.html file has the effect of hiding the folder structure.  People who arrive at one of these folder placeholder pages is almost certain to be snooping around the website.