BRENTWOOD - President Trump’s former campaign manager appears willing to drop a $5 million lawsuit he brought against his Windham neighbors in an ongoing property battle over his newly built six-bay garage.
Corey Lewandowski appeared in Rockingham County Superior Court Monday for a hearing in a legal fight that began last year when he sued Glenn and Irene Schwartz.
The two sides have been at odds over an easement on the Schwartz property that Lewandowski has been using to access his property off of Emerson Road where he’s been constructing his big new garage near his home.
Lewandowski was allowed to use the easement, which is a dirt road, to some extent because he insisted that the only way to reach the lower level of the new garage was through the easement on the Schwartz property.
His lawsuit accused the Schwartzes of harassing him and blocking access during the construction of the garage, which is now complete.
In addition to his former role with the Trump campaign, Lewandowski is a frequent Fox News guest who recently joined Vice President Mike Pence’s political action committee to assist with mid-term elections.
The Schwartzes, who claim Lewandowski has acted like a bully, maintain that he’s been using the easement well beyond what was intended, allowing trucks and other equipment to use it for the garage construction. They filed a countersuit that accused Lewandowski of coercing them into signing the easement agreement and threatening to use his political clout to make life a “nightmare” for them.
During Monday’s hearing, Kenneth Murphy, the attorney for the Schwartzes, told Judge David Anderson that his clients “feel like there’s been some legitimate harm done to them during this process.”
Murphy said the property dispute with Lewandowski has been stressful for the Schwartzes.
With the garage now built, Lewandowski has offered to drop the lawsuit, but the Schwartzes’ countersuit could still move forward with a trial in October.
The case is expected to go to mediation this week that could possibly resolve all of the issues and avoid a trial.
The Schwartzes also claim that the vehicles that used their land to access Lewandowski’s garage during construction caused an estimated $16,000 in damage.
Lewandowski’s lawyer, William R. Sullivan Jr. of Haverhill, Mass., said his client was always willing to pay for any damage, but he disputes that the damage estimate is as high as $16,000.
In court, Sullivan said there is “antagonism between the parties,” but insisted that Lewandowski “did nothing to cause emotional distress.”
Judge Anderson acknowledged the tension between the two neighbors and viewed Lewandowski’s willingness to drop the case a step in the right direction.
“There is a need at some point to figure out a way to coexist,” Anderson told them.