The man who owns and operates the Brooklyn headquarters of a leading real estate company that specializes in high-rise luxury apartments is suing two of his former employees in federal court.
Marc Newman, who heads the Manhattan office of his firm, Landmark Realty Group, and has long been seen as a potential GOP presidential candidate, was among five former Landmark employees named in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, names Newman as a co-defendant and seeks $7 million in damages.
Newman said in a statement Tuesday that he has “zero involvement” in the lawsuit.
“I am cooperating fully with the court and look forward to vigorously defending this case in the United States Supreme Court.”
Newman, 54, has long sought to boost his portfolio and the New York office of Landmark, a leading developer of luxury apartment buildings.
He also founded and operates his own real estate firm, Newman Properties, with the goal of building luxury luxury apartments in Manhattan.
In 2014, Newmans company purchased the historic historic Hotel Leona for $4.9 billion.
Landmark is the largest developer of historic buildings in the U.S. and has become a major player in New York City real estate.
Landmark is also a major developer of condos in the East Village and the Queens area.
Landmarks building in the Brooklyn borough of Brooklyn was one of two Landmark buildings sold by Newman’s company, Landmarks Real Estate.
The other, the one in Manhattan, was demolished in 2010.
Landlord-occupied units in Landmark offices and units at its New York and Manhattan offices sit empty, and tenants complain about noise and pollution, said the lawsuit, which was filed in U.T.A.L. v.
Newmans Real Estate and Landmarks Realty.
The suit alleges that Landmark’s failure to provide the necessary security and noise control to ensure its tenants were safe from unauthorized persons and noise caused by noise and vibrations created by its buildings caused serious damage to the buildings’ structural integrity.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of tenants at the former Landmarks offices, alleges that in addition to noise, vibrations and pollution problems, the buildings are uninhabitable due to their proximity to the PATH subway station.
Landlords, the suit says, are often unaware of the building’s security measures.
Landlords are often unsure of whether a building has a fire alarm, a police presence, or the ability to access a telephone.
Landmarks tenants say that when they complain about problems with the buildings, they are ignored.
The lawsuit seeks to establish a court-ordered remedy for the building owners and landlords.
Landman Properties has been accused of failing to secure permits for its buildings.
Landman Properties sued the city in 2011 to force the city to issue permits for a new hotel it was building on a site that is now a parking lot for PATH stations.
In 2010, the city sued Landmark Properties to force it to grant permits for the development of a $100 million project to build luxury apartment towers.
Landmarked sued in 2011 and the city settled in 2011.
Land Marks then sued again in 2012 and the lawsuit was dismissed.
Land marks lawsuit is the latest in a string of legal challenges to Landmark.
Land and Landmark have been at odds over several issues.
In 2007, the company sued the federal government over an agreement between Landmark and the state of New York to provide affordable housing in New Jersey.
In a separate lawsuit, Land and Leona, Landlords, Landmaster Realty and Newmans Realty, sued the City of New Jersey over its building permit process.
Landlord tenants have also sued Landmarks in recent years over alleged violations of their civil rights.