Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. Secures $854,000 Arbitration Win For Rezi In Breach Of Contract Dispute
American Arbitration Association, Decided May 3, 2021
R&E Team: Michael T. Carr and Dejan Kezunovic
Rosenberg & Estis, P.C. prevailed before the American Arbitration Association, securing a total of $854,000 for online rental platform Rezi in a dispute with property owners Living Emerald and TMEMA Associates DE LLC over breach of contract.
The dispute focused on periodic lease agreements under which TMEMA and Emerald would provide multiple vacant rental apartments in St. Louis, Missouri, to Rezi to sublease through its online rental marketplace. After the agreements were signed, the property owners chose to terminate. Rezi agreed to accommodate the property owners and the parties settled on a termination fee of $544,171.
The property owners failed to honor this agreement and Rezi commenced an arbitration with the AAA to resolve the dispute. The property owners claimed that AAA did not have jurisdiction over the case and filed suit in Missouri to stay the arbitration from proceeding. R&E worked with local Missouri counsel to defeat this motion, securing a ruling that AAA had exclusive jurisdiction over the issue and that the arbitration should proceed.
The property owners then claimed in arbitration that they had been fraudulently induced to enter the agreement. The AAA’s Aldoroty determined that the property owners had breached the agreement and that their defenses were without merit. She granted Rezi: $544,171 due under the contract and $77,108 in interest, as well as $192,312 in attorneys’ fees. Rezi has since commenced a proceeding in state court to confirm the award.