Pittsburgh law firm sues Hertz Gateway Center for breach of lease agreement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 13, 2018

PITTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania law firm is suing Hertz Gateway Center, citing alleged breach of lease agreement and trespass.

Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky filed a complaint on Aug. 31, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, against Hertz Gateway Center alleging that the property operator failed to properly maintain the premises.

According to the complaint, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky alleges that it has been subjected to operate in a space leased from the defendant, located at Four Gateway Center, Suite 2200, in Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, that has substantial physical damage, safety and health hazards.

The plaintiff alleges that it has been challenging to maintain privacy for its law firm due to the alleged unlawful conduct of the defendant to properly maintain or repair the rental property when necessary as stated in the lease agreement. 

The plaintiff holds Hertz Gateway Center responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to allow plaintiff the quiet enjoyment of the premises, disrupted plaintiff's use of the premises by implementing solution that created noise, debris, water leakage, disruption and inconvenience.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant in excess of $75,000, plus legal fees, costs, expenses, punitive damages, and further relief as the court deems just. They are represented by David A. Levine and Sharon M. Menchyk of Blumling & Gusky LLP in Pittsburgh.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Case number 18-cv-01158

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