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March 15, 2010 6:51 PM

Why Is the Cohead of Grant & Eisenhofer Suing Teenagers?

Posted by Zach Lowe

Stuart Grant, one of two managing directors of the plaintiffs powerhouse Grant & Eisenhofer, has taken his litigation skills in an unusual new direction: He has filed suit against three teenagers who allegedly ransacked and stole from his Delaware home during a party his teenage daughter threw last summer, according to records from Delaware state trial court obtained by The Am Law Daily.

In the suit, filed in October, Grant is seeking $6,000 in compensatory damages and $30,000 in punitive damages related to a July 16, 2009, party at his Greenville home, court records show. When reached by phone, Grant confirmed that he filed the suit but declined to comment further.

Grant's complaint alleges that three boys in their late teens crashed a party his daughter was hosting and then disobeyed a ban on guests leaving the main level and basement of the house ("the entertainment area," as the suit calls it) and going upstairs to the "residential area."

Once there, the teens allegedly stole a water jug containing some $500 in coins and prescription drugs, which they allegedly crushed and snorted, the suit says. The party crashers also allegedly stole unidentified electronics and "household items."  Grant's filing never explicitly states that he was not present at the time of the party in question.

The teens and their lawyers tell a different story about the events at issue in the case. According to a document filed earlier this month by one of the defendants--identified as an "answer to plaintiff's first set of interrogatories"--Grant's daughter invited the trio into the party, offered them beer, and never objected to them going upstairs or spending the night in the house. 

According to Grant's complaint, once he learned of the thefts, he did not go to the police, but instead made it known that he wanted the missing items returned and hired a private investigator to find out who had stolen them.  One of the teens returned "certain items," including the jug and the money it contained, while a second accused teen returned "other household items" he said he found in the bushes near the Tower Hill School in Wilmington, the complaint says. Additionally, some of the missing items had not been returned at the time Grant filed his suit. (Megan McIntyre, a director at Grant & Eisenhofer, is listed as Grant's counsel in the case.)

Michael Modica--the local defense attorney representing the teen who filed the answer to interrogatories--says in the filing that Grant likely shouldn't be entitled to compensatory damages through the court because he chose to spend money on a private investigator instead of notifying the police. The filing also argues Grant could have recovered money for the missing items through his homeowner's insurance. When we reached him by phone, Modica told us that evidence will show Grant's daughter invited his client into the house. 

Jennifer Kate Aaronson, a local attorney representing another of the defendants, did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment. The court docket does not list a lawyer for the third defendant.

Grant & Eisenhofer is one of the nation's go-to plaintiffs firms for securities litigation. The firm has played a key role in securities suits against Tyco, General Motors, and Parmalat, and in other high-profile matters.

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