Eastern Consolidated, Robert Khodadadian Settle
Lauren Elkies Schram Dec. 9, 2014, 5:03 p.m.
The drama between broker Robert Khodadadian, who sued Eastern Consolidated for commissions owed before the firm countersued, is over, Commercial Observer has learned.
As of last week, the two sides agreed to discontinue their respective cases, and Eastern paid Mr. Khodadadian a settlement, according to sources with intimate knowledge of the deal. The sum wasn’t immediately available.
Mr. Khodadadian, a former associate broker at Eastern, sued the firm in August 2013 for commissions he said he was owed. Eastern then countersued for among other things “breach of contract as a result of his alleged conduct ‘in sending sexually explicit materials to a co-worker,’” court documents indicate. Eastern previously said they fired Mr. Khodadadian on April 26, 2013, two days after he allegedly sent a faceless video of himself masturbating to the teenage intern. Mr. Khodadadian claimed he quit.
In June, a judge ruled to dismiss Mr. Khodadadian‘s allegations that Eastern libeled and slandered him in the press, as CO previously reported.
Mr. Khodadadian claimed he was owed commissions on $80 million in real estate sales closed while at Eastern, court documents indicate.
In August 2013, Eastern’s lawyer, Howard Rubin of law firm Goetz Fitzpatrick, told CO: “Eastern has a policy that we give brokers who leave—whether on reasonable terms or not—a percentage of the fees that they earned and we’ve done that with all brokers,” he said. “In this case he did something so outrageous and so hurtful that we think our damages exceed what his commissions would be.”
Mr. Khodadadian, who launched Skyline Properties in 2006, declined to comment, and Eastern didn’t respond to a request for comment.