April 26, 2008

Roberson Loses Lawsuit

The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against attorney Bob Roberson and the law firm of Andrews, Pusateri, Brandt, Shoemaker and Roberson in a lawsuit filed against Niagara County and County Auditor Ruth Ohol.

Roberson had appealed after State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski threw out his lawsuit attempting to force Niagara County to release more than $17,000 he believed he was owed while serving as the Sewer District attorney.

Roberson, who was the attorney for the Sewer District until he was fired in January 2006, filed the suit in September 2006 after a lengthy dispute with Ohol.

The decision comes as yet another blow to the law firm, which has seen its cash cow in Somerset come to a screeching halt. Roberson is a law partner of Ed Shoemaker, town attorney for Somerset. Shoemaker had represented Somerset in a lawsuit against the county Industrial Development Agency, trying to overturn the tax break the IDA awarded to AES Corp. for its Somerset power plant. Roberson had also been fired from his position of Town Attorney in Newfane and Shoemaker had previously been terminated from the same position for the Town of Lockport.

In the Sewer District case, the Appellate Court judges ruled that "It is hereby ORDERED that the judgement so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs." There was no further explanation, which from what I am told by friends in the legal community, is indicative of the court's complete disdain for the merits of the case.

This lawsuit and its subsequent decision are another reflection of why so many entities have severed their ties with this law firm. I'm sure it's simply a matter of time before others follow suit.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's talk about Mike Carney getting fired instead!

Anonymous said...

So some lawyer submits a bill for money he is not entitled to collect (from the taxpayers), and the county auditor actually catches it and denies payment, and then he sues the county (taxpayers)and the county (taxpayers) defends the lawsuit, yet people want to call this "politics." Why isn't this a taxpayer issue? We should demand reimbursement from this lawyer for any costs associated with this lawsuit.

Anonymous said...

How will this poor law firm put food on the table for their families? Maybe Dan Rivera can help since he owes them for allegedly funding the campaigns of Merrill Bender and that schlub running against Updegrove who I can't remember....Charlie Dahlquist I think.

Let's talk about Rivera's campaign finance pyramid scheme.

rob clark said...

I agree with anonymous #2. What an Incredible waste of taxpayer money.
Although I doubt we would ever get any money back.

Anonymous said...

Francine DelMonte, 46, of Niagara Falls, was charged with loitering at 8:18 a.m. Thursday. DelMonte was walking on 19th Street Thursday morning and offered a motorist oral sex in exchange for money, according to the driver, who alerted police. DelMonte also was taken in on a warrant for a previous loitering charge.