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Habie has been found in civil ...
Habie has been found in civil contempt seven times and fined at least $700,000 for violating court orders.
Since then, Habie
has been accused of violating it numerous times.
In March 1996, Amy Habie
of Miami bought the assets of Scott Lewis Gardening
and Trimming for $300,000 in cash and a $500,000 note.
Several months later, Habie
and Lewis had a falling out, and Lewis refused to renew his contract as her consultant.
stopped payment on the note.
also agreed not to use Lewis' name in doing business.
Later, Lewis alleged that Habie
had continued to use his name, continued to contact his clients and had interfered with the couple's business in other ways.
Then, Gerber received notice that Greenberg Traurig, his wife's employer, would be representing Habie
, Bilton and Nical
The odyssey began in 1996, when Lewis sold his gardening business to Boca Raton resident Amy Habie
Months later, Habie
sued Lewis, claiming that Lewis was violating a noncompete agreement by stealing clients.
Habie was represented by Boies, who was with Cravath, Swaine & Moore at the time.
Lewis has represented himself pro se since 2000 (a period which includes nine appeals by Boies
Schiller); Boies has represented Habie
for free throughout the proceedings.
Habie, who owns 50 percent, is the chief financial officer of Boies Schiller.
Boies spent more than $400,000 helping Amy Habie, the chief finance officer at one of his Florida offices, pursue litigation with a competing lawn maintenance business.
, 63, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election recount battle, is charged with providing financial assistance to a client, Amy Habie
of Miami, according to the Bar complaint.
But Scott Lewis, who has been locked in litigation with Habie for years, claims that Habie is the chief financial officer of Boies' law firm.
According to Lewis, Boies
from representing her in an early 1990s divorce and child custody battle with her ex-husband, a Guatemalan textile manufacturer.
The Boies case was referred to The Florida Bar by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge David Crow, who is overseeing the underlying contract dispute between Boies' client, Amy Habie, and Lewis, a West Palm Beach gardener.
The two have been battling in court since Lewis and his wife, Carol, sold the assets of their family gardening business to Habie
in March 1996.
Throughout the litigation, Habie
attorneys have been sanctioned nine times by six different judges for violating at least 13 court orders related to the settlement and discovery orders.
But Crow also ruled that Boies
had violated Florida Bar rules by financing Habie's
There was no evidence that Habie
had a contingency agreement with Boies' firm and Habie
is far from poor, Judge Crow said.
The case that led to the charges started out in 1996 as a breach of contract action between Amy Habie, owner of Nical of Palm Beach Inc., and Scott and Carol Lewis of Scott Lewis Gardening & Trimming.
The Boies, Schiller & Flexner firm
, based in Armonk, N.Y., and with offices in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, has acknowledged providing years of free legal services to Habie
and paying other lawyers more than $400,000 in fees and costs to fuel the litigation.
Boycott prunes number at work
Amy Habie, owner of Nical of Palm Beach landscaping, which does virtually all its business in town, said more than 60 percent of her 90 employees showed up for work on Monday.
"Thankfully, we were able to keep to our normal schedule," she
said."We weren't able to make any extra money today, but we were able to do what we needed to do."Habie
told employees she
wouldn't fire them them if they missed work on Monday, but not to expect to be paid if they were out.
"We won't let this continue, because it's the second time in two weeks," she
said, referring to the April immigrant rally.Habie
said all of her
employees are documented and must present a picture ID and Social Security card when hired.She
doesn't know what percentage are immigrants, but that she
has a mix of many nationalities on her
Dueling lawn-care businesses back in court
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Amy Smith appointed defense attorney Robert Gershman to determine whether Amy Habie should be held in criminal contempt for violating court orders stemming from her 1996 breach-of-contract lawsuit against Scott Lewis, his wife, Carol, and their company Scott Lewis' Gardening & Trimming Inc.
...But before the former assistant state attorney steps in, Smith will decide whether to hold Habie, owner of Nical of Palm Beach, in civil contempt for violating court orders, as the Lewises charge.
A four-day hearing on the civil contempt charges concluded Thursday with the Lewises' attorney predicting the end was in sight for the litigation that has consumed both sides , and produced tens of thousands of pages of legal documents , since Habie
bought the Lewises' company
for $800,000 in 1996.
The charges Smith will consider are whether Habie
violated her November order by not providing the Lewises
with detailed financial information.
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Boies was accused of improperly providing legal and financial help to Boca Raton resident Amy Habie to fuel an eight-year-long court battle over lawncare contracts for Palm Beach estates.
...The dispute began as a breach of contract action between Habie, owner of Nical of Palm Beach Inc., and Scott and Carol Lewis of Scott Lewis Gardening & Trimming.
, 43, the ex-wife of a Guatemalan textile manufacturer, is admittedly wealthy, and she
and members of the Boies firm have testified that she
was not expected to pay for any of more than $800,000 worth of legal fees and costs she
But in answers to the Bar complaint, the Boies firm said she
had paid more than $2 million.
The case that got Boies investigated started out as a breach of contract action between Amy Habie, owner of Nical of Palm Beach Inc., and Scott and Carol Lewis of Scott Lewis Gardening & Trimming.
Boies is accused of providing unlimited legal and financial help to Habie
, which would be an ethical violation if true.