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Ex-Trump campaign manager Lewandowski appears in court to battle Windham neighbors

Union Leader Correspondent

February 23. 2018 8:43AM
Corey Lewandowski listens to a lawyer for his Windham neighbors during a hearing Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court. (Jason Schreiber/Union Leader Correspondent)

Irene Schwartz leans in to speak with her husband, Glenn, during Thursday's hearing on a property dispute with their neighbor, Corey Lewandowski. (Jason Schreiber)

BRENTWOOD — Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, made his first court appearance Thursday in an ongoing property dispute with his Windham neighbors.

At a hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court, lawyers for Lewandowski and neighbors Glenn and Irene Schwartz wrangled over issues related to the new six-bay garage that he’s building on property he owns off of Emerson Road in Windham.

The garage, which is expected to be finished soon, has been at the center of the legal spat that led Lewandowski to hit the Schwartzes with a $5 million lawsuit last year.

Lewandowski, who has not attended previous hearings in the case, has been at odds with the Schwartzes over an easement on their property that he’s been using to access the property where he’s building the garage, which is located near his residence.

Lewandowski is allowed to use the easement, which is a dirt road, because he insists that the only way to reach the lower level of the new garage is through the easement on the Schwartz property.

But the Schwartzes have insisted that he’s been using the easement beyond what was intended.

Lewandowski’s lawsuit accuses them of harassing him and blocking access during the building of the garage.

The Schwartzes fought back with a countersuit that accused Lewandowski of coercing them into signing the easement agreement and threatening to use his political clout to make Glenn Schwartz’s life a “nightmare.”

Salem attorney Steven Shadallah, who represents the Schwartzes, argues Lewandowski shouldn’t be allowed to use the easement because he hasn’t obtained insurance to cover damage caused by the construction vehicles and any injuries. Insurance was supposed to be provided under the easement agreement.

“They are entitled to what they bargained for and what they bargained for was that insurance would be in place,” Shadallah told Judge David Anderson.

He asked the court to find Lewandowski in contempt for failing to provide insurance, but the judge held off on making a ruling.

Lewandowski’s lawyer, William R. Sullivan Jr. of Haverhill, Mass., said that since the Schwartzes own the easement Lewandowski can’t insure it. However, he said Lewandowski would be willing to post a bond or indemnify them.

Sullivan said Lewandowski does have separate liability insurance for the construction project itself and that his contractors will fix any damage caused by the construction vehicles.

Shadallah said that any bond that’s posted should be $500,000, but Sullivan argued that was an “excessive” amount.

Anderson ruled Thursday that construction vehicles can continue to use the easement until March 15. After that date, the court will hold a hearing to address the insurance issue.

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