It is no secret that Covid-19 hit the food service industry particularly hard. Although we are now largely “back to normal,” many restaurant owners are still dealing with the financial ramifications of pandemic-era restrictions. Recently, Fiffik Law Group Partner Matthew Bole achieved a significant victory for his client, a North Hills restaurant owner being sued for unpaid rent. The landlord of the commercial building sought eviction and monetary damages, prompting litigation. Through effective negotiations and rigorous defense during discovery, Attorney Bole saved his client $60,000 and allowed his restaurant to continue operating in its space.
The dispute centered around an interim agreement made during the Covid-19 era when many restaurants faced financial hardships. Miscommunication, unprofessionalism, and faulty payment systems added confusion and complexity to an already delicate case.
To avoid a trial, Attorney Bole was able to reach a settlement with the landlord. Attorney Bole negotiated to incorporate old agreements into the deal and addressed his client’s concerns about the landlord’s inaccurate accounting.