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Lewandowski a no-show at hearing in Windham neighbor dispute

Union Leader Correspondent

November 02. 2017 7:53PM
Glenn and Irene Schwartz appeared in Rockingham County Superior Court Thursday for a hearing in a battle with their neighbor, Corey Lewandowski. (Jason Schreiber/Correspondent)

BRENTWOOD — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and his attorney were no-shows at a hearing Thursday in an ongoing civil court battle with his Windham neighbors.

A hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. in Rockingham County Superior Court in a lawsuit over a property dispute involving Lewandowski and neighbors Glenn and Irene Schwartz.

The Schwartzes and their attorneys appeared in court, but the hearing was called off when no one representing Lewandowski showed up by 10 a.m.

The hearing was scheduled to address several motions.

Salem attorney Steven Shadallah, who represents the Schwartzes, requested the hearing still be held without the other side, and if not, that his clients be awarded attorney’s fees since they showed up and incurred legal expenses.

The two sides have been fighting over an easement on the Schwartz property that Lewandowski was given the right to use to access his property.

The dispute involves a garage Lewandowski is building off Emerson Road on a piece of property he owns next to his residence.

He claims the only direct way to reach the site is through the easement granted on the Schwartz property.

Judge David Anderson had previously granted Lewandowski a limited right to use the easement for construction vehicles that are accessing his property to build the garage. He had also ordered that Lewandowski be required to pay for any damage caused by construction vehicles.

The Schwartzes have argued that Lewandowski is misusing the easement, saying it wasn’t intended to allow Lewandowski to build a big garage that would also be used for the lot with Lewandowski’s main house.

“Our hope is that the court will eventually rescind the easement so that he does not have the right to use it any further,” Shadallah said outside the courtroom.

Lewandowski filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Schwartzes earlier this year, claiming they’ve blocked access for construction of the garage and have harassed him.

The Schwartzes filed a countersuit that made several claims, including allegations that Lewandowski coerced them into signing the easement agreement and threatened to use his political clout to make Glenn Schwartz’s life a “nightmare” during the property dispute.

Meanwhile, Shadallah said a court order was issued requiring Lewandowski to prove that he has insurance to cover any damage and that the Schwartzes contend he hasn’t complied and should be found in contempt.

“The easement says he doesn’t get the right to use the easement without insurance in place, so our position is without the insurance he has no right to be using the easement,” Shadallah said, adding that his clients believe construction vehicles aren’t the only ones using the easement and argue that he should be found in contempt of the court order.

Courts Windham


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