007: License to sue … or be sued!

I love legal battles. Especially silly ones. That was the sentiment from New York Supreme Court Justice Marcy Friedman in a case recently brought against former James Bond Actor Sean Connery. In a recent AP Story, Justice Friedman “barred both sides from filing any more lawsuits without her permission, saying they “have engaged in a ‘slash and burn’ litigation strategy.” Wait! Isn’t that what litigation is about?

According to AP, the law suit was filed by Connery’s downstairs neighbor, Burton Sultan, who “calls his neighbor Connery, 77, the antithesis of the suave secret agent he played in numerous James Bond films, branding him “a bully who ignores norms of neighborliness and decency” in the town house they share.”

Apparently, “the sides have clashed repeatedly over the Connerys’ years-long renovations to their part of the six-story, landmarked 1869 town house. The Sultans claim the renovations have subjected them to noise, fumes, leaks and rats, ruining their collection of antique wicker furniture.”

(Read the full story)


  1. The Sultan’s chief complaint is not the renovations to the Connery’s home, but the fact that Mr. Connery is “a bully who ignores norms of neighborliness and decency.” Why is Mr. Sultant making this statement? Because of the home renovations? Or is Mr. Sultan complaining about Mr. Connery BECAUSE he is Mr. Connery? Maybe Mr. Connery feels the need to defend himself, resulting in the back-and-forth filing of suits. Home renovations cause noise and disruption for everone involved. If you don’t like it Mr. Sultan, move out of your townhome and put your “antique wicker furniture” on your back patio.

    Comment by Susanne Joslin on January 29, 2008 at 4:00 pm

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