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Breach-of-Contract Case Over Kosher Wine Store Won't Be Sent to Rabbinical Court

Offit Kurman Attorney Jay Levin Quoted in the Legal Intelligencer

 

An appeals court has denied a party’s request to have its business row over the purchase of a kosher wine store arbitrated in a rabbinical court.

A three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court panel in Le Vin v. Blue Star Wine denied Blue Star’s motion to compel arbitration.

The dispute arose over an alleged breach of contract during the sale of Blue Star to Le Vin in May 2014. In addition to breach of contract, Le Vin sued Blue Star and its officers for fraud, violation of a noncompete clause, and tortious interference with a contractual relationship.

Levin said, “I think the court was absolutely correct. The trial court got it right and the Superior Court got it right.”

ABOUT JAY LEVIN

 

Jay M. Levin is an insurance recovery attorney and serves as the chair of the firm's Insurance Recovery practice group in the Philadelphia office. He focuses his practice on representing policyholders in disputes with insurance companies involving all types of insurance coverage. Jay has extensive litigation experience in multi-million dollar property insurance coverage cases, including suits involving policy construction and application, cause and origin, valuation, and business interruption issues. He has assisted clients in successfully resolving eight and nine figure Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy cases without litigation, and successfully representing other policyholders in litigating Katrina and Sandy cases. Jay represents financial institutions and other commercial policyholders in claims arising under fidelity and crime policies, including claims arising out of defaulted mortgages and employee embezzlement. He has also litigated significant professional liability and general liability coverage cases. In the Directors and Officers liability area, Jay actively works with clients to resolve all types of disputes, including application of exclusions and allocation issues. Jay has also arbitrated cases before the American Arbitration Association and in private binding arbitration. Most of his litigated cases involve allegations of bad faith and he is well-versed in that area, as well.

 

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