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Defamation Against Co-op and Condo Boards Is Hard to Prove

Written by Andrew P. Brucker on February 02, 2023

Coney Island, Brooklyn

The “common interest privilege” is a popular defense in defamation lawsuits.

Co-op board is replacing the original heating and cooling system.

Storage lockers are an amenity that produces a $50,000 yearly windfall.

Affordable-housing applicants decry “pervasive corruption” at HPD.

The Department of Justice announced on Dec. 23 that it has filed a lawsuit against Trump Village for violating the Fair Housing Act.

Luna Park co-op on Coney Island allowed applicants to leapfrog waiting list.

Co-op Board Uses Airbnb Records to Fight Sublets

Written by Bill Morris on January 04, 2018

Coney Island, Brooklyn

Board gets access to “smoking gun” on illegal short-term sublets.

Defections like Trump Village add to scarcity of affordable housing.

Submetering: No Longer a No-Brainer

Written by Paula Chin on December 30, 2016

Coney Island

Loss of incentives, new rule make electric submetering too costly for many boards.

I Heard the News Today, Oh Boy

Written by Richard Siegler & Dale Degenshein on December 16, 2015

Coney Island


What happens when a disgruntled (or perhaps a “principled”) apartment owner creates a website for the purpose of discussing events and conditions in a building and allegedly posts defamatory statements? In the case of Trump Village Section 4 and Igor Oberman v. Yuliya Bezvoleva Aka Julia Bezvoleva, Inna Yeselson, Josef Stalin, Aborigen,, two shareholders were sued by the cooperative corporation, Trump Village Section 4, and its board president, Igor Oberman.
The defendants, Julia Bezvoleva and Inna Yeselson allegedly started a website for the purposes of discussing events and conditions in Trump Village. According to the co-op, the website was designed to provide information, announcements, and advice to and for residents of Trump Village. The co-op asserted, however, that the website was not being used as a forum to benefit the Trump Village community but instead was being used as a site to post 19 separate defamatory statements throughout a one-year period. Although the complaint asserts that Bezvoleva and Yeselson authored the statements, there is no proof of that since they were posted anonymously.

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