Aki v. Greenbrook

On July 19, 2022, the New York Supreme Court agreed that Greenbrook Acquisitions LLC — represented by Gregory O. Tuttle of Tuttle Yick LLP — could assert willful exaggeration of mechanic’s lien counterclaims against a general contractor’s president, personally.
Tuttle Yick represents various entities controlled by Greenbrook Acquisitions LLC against Aki Renovations Group, a general contractor, in a construction dispute. Greenbrook alleges that Aki failed to timely perform construction work it was hired to do at eight redevelopment projects throughout New York City, causing Greenbrook to overpay Aki for subpar work. Then, Greenbook alleges, Aki (and its president Halil Todic) filed liens in connection with work it never performed that, in some cases, even exceeded the total contract price.
The New York Supreme Court denied Todic’s motion to dismiss, holding that a Aki’s president could be personally liable for willfully exaggerating the mechanic’s liens he caused to be overstated and filed against Greenbrook’s eight construction projects.
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