The Lawyer Who Ate New YorkSeptember 26, 2011 – In The News
The enormous cost of defending lawsuits has led some restaurateurs and chefs to pick up and leave the city, and led others into bankruptcy.
While some claim the restaurant business has gotten away with unfair wages for a long time, others say predatory lawyers are seeking frivolous lawsuits that garner high returns for their pockets.
New York's fierce food battles have not only affected high-end restaurants, but they have also touched small, family-owned businesses.
Carolyn Richmond, who has defended Nobu, Tribeca Grill and other top eateries, said the suits are spreading to mom-and-pop operations.
"It's been a recipe for disaster for many small operators," Richmond said. "There's a perception, particularly in this city, that restaurateurs are sitting on gold mines."