Billy Joel has achieved a settlement to stop a copyright lawsuit – not over a song, but over a dwelling renovation blueprint.
In a filing Thursday, a Long Island contractor agreed to end a lawsuit boasting that Joel and others ripped off copyrighted architectural layouts for a renovations project at his Oyster Bay mansion. The contractor claimed they had been abruptly fired and the programs have been illegally handed above to a new builder.
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The observe, submitted in Brooklyn federal court docket, did not integrated any specific conditions of the settlement arrangement. Lawyers for the two sides did not quickly return requests for more aspects.
Joel was sued in 2020 by Berry Hill Enhancement Corp. after the organization was fired from a challenge to renovate his 12,000 square-foot compound in Oyster Bay, which characteristics 3 residences and 29 acres of beach entrance home. Berry Hill was terminated immediately after it was instructed that engineering defects were identified in its do the job, but it termed the firing “wrongful and not actually for lead to.”
According to the lawsuit, Berry Hill was hardly ever compensated for the $126,700 the enterprise it experienced now put in on drawing up architectural strategies for the site, and that people designs ended up then handed off to a new architect. The substitution, Neal Stufano and his agency, N.J. Caine Architecture PLLC, then submitted “nearly identical” strategies for the household to regional creating regulators.
In addition to Joel and Stufano, the lawsuit also named Billy’s spouse Alexis, as effectively as their organization supervisor Todd Kamelhar and their F. Scott LLC, a company entity by which they possess the Oyster Bay dwelling.
When the circumstance was 1st submitted, a spokesman for Joel explained to the New York Submit: “Billy and Alexis Joel will not stand by in the midst of these unjustifiable accusations that obscure the serious problem which is the rightful termination of standard contractor Berry Hill.
“Berry Hill was terminated from the undertaking simply because of significant structural defects that have an impact on the protection of the home and Berry Hill’s attempt to now gather payment for deficient function is outrageous,” the spokesman added.