APPELLATE JUDGE GIVES TAHARI STAY OF EVICTION

NEW YORK — Elie Tahari’s sample-making operations were back in business Monday after a New York Appellate Court judge granted the designer a stay on eviction proceedings initiated by his landlord, Chase Manhattan Bank.
Tahari’s design studio at 510 Fifth Avenue was shut down on June 7 by the judge, who deemed the operation a “sweatshop” following complaints by Chase, which is trying to sell the building. Tahari, who is renting space well below market value in a long-term lease, has alleged the bank is using unfair tactics to get him out of the building in an effort to make the property more attractive to potential bidders.
According to Tahari, the judge’s stay, issued last week, will temporarily allow workers back into the sample facility pending further appeals by the bank and a final ruling on the eviction proceedings.
Attorneys for both sides are back in court this week, he added, giving deposition in a related hearing before a federal court judge over a challenge by Tahari that Chase has not provided adequate airflow in the building.
“I strongly feel justice will prevail,” Tahari said. “We have lost a month, but we have a great team and will work very hard to open our spring collection on time.”
A spokeswoman for Chase could not be reached at press time.

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