Friday, Feb 6 2008 statement by Agudas Chassidei Chabad and Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, Inc.:
We are gratified by the two New York Appellate Division decisions issued yesterday to uphold the ruling of the New York Supreme Court which unequivocally affirm the full ownership and complete rights of use of the synagogue located inside the 770-784/788 Eastern Parkway buildings to the central Lubavitch institutions of Agudas Chassidei Chabad and Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, Inc.
In 2005, after Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch obtained a Temporary Restraining Order against a group of individuals who had defaced the premises, an entity calling itself Congregation Lubavitch, Inc. (CLI), injected itself into the judicial proceedings, claiming exclusive rights of control of the premises.
In its rulings yesterday the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court for the Second Judicial Department further affirmed the ruling by Justice Ira Harkavy of New York State Supreme Court granting Agudas Chassidei Chabad and Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch full right to eject Congregation Lubavitch, Inc. from the premises and assert their full control over those premises.
“We look forward to the implementation of the Courts’ rulings, including the transfer of control from CLI to the buildings owners, Agudas Chassidei Chabad and Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch” said Donald Kravet, an attorney for Merkos.