September 16, 2008
Judge Rains Out Umbrella Lawsuit
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - It's a rainy day for the Manhattan restaurateur who sued a supermodel claiming she intentionally damaged his designer umbrella, said to be worth $5,000.State Supreme Court Justice Joan A. Madden threw out Nello Balan's lawsuit Friday. She also fined Balan's attorney $500 for filing a frivolous claim and said motions the attorney filed were a "waste of judicial resources."
Balan claimed he lent supermodel Le Call his limited-edition leather umbrella designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier and she belatedly returned it to him in two pieces.
Balan, owner of the celeb magnet Nello's, sought
$1 million in the lawsuit and claimed emotional distress over the damaged umbrella.
Attorneys for both sides have declined to comment.
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