Landlord-Tenant Dispute for National Hotel Operator
Successfully represented a national hotel operator in a lease dispute with its landlord at a downtown Chicago property. The client’s primary goal was not to recover monetary damages, but rather to substantially extend the lease term. After taking over the case from prior counsel, we amended the complaint to add claims that the landlord and its affiliate had breached a territorial exclusivity covenant in the lease. We then sought discovery on the affiliate’s profits from improperly competing with our client. After we obtained court orders requiring both defendants to comply with discovery, the landlord reversed its longstanding opposition to extending the lease and settled the case by entering into a 50-year lease.