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Judge rules in favor of Florio in Syrian refugees’ lawsuit

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A lawsuit brought against prominent developer Charles Florio by eight Syrian refugee families alleging poor housing conditions – leaky ceilings, roaches, mice, and bedbug infestations in apartments — has been dismissed.

Judge Ernest Caposela ruled in favor of Florio on Wednesday. His opinion stated the refugees could not provide sufficient evidence to back up their claims.

Diyaa Khatib, who is one eight to sue Florio Management in New Jersey Superior Court, claimed he and his family suffered physical and psychological damages from living in Florio’s apartment.

“Khatib sought damages based upon allegations that Florio Mgmt., as a landlord created a hazardous living environment resulting in Khatib sustaining both physical and psychological damages,” wrote Caposela in an opinion. “Florio Mgmt., moves for summary judgment on the basis that Khatib has failed to provide any evidence in support of its causes of action and thus, no genuine issue of material fact exists in this matter. The court agrees and also notes that Khatib has failed to oppose this motion.”

Florio called the claims “meritless” when the lawsuit was filed last April. He also provided proof of extermination, lead free certificates, re-rental certificates, fire inspection certificates, and other documents showing the apartments were habitable.

At the time of the lawsuit, Florio revealed that some of the families were facing eviction for non-payment of rent.

The Syrians were settled in apartments on North Main Street, North 6th Street, Governor Street, and 59 East 12th Street — known for being some of the worst parts of Paterson. The families, who sought to escape war and privation in Syria, found themselves in drug-infested and high-crime urban war zones in the U.S.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    Dominik Perez is right, Florio is a slum lord, pre-war Syria (having been there) was a paradise compared to the slums of Paterson

    • Dominick Perez

      Not just a slumlord, he's crooked as a three dollar bill. His boy Andre better toe the line or else he's gonna end up where Joey went.

    • bigron

      I'm shocked by the last line, "The families, who sought to escape war and privation in Syria, found themselves in drug-infested and high-crime urban war zones in the U.S." It's shocking, but is true. It's probably more dangerous in Paterson than in Syria.

      • MarquinhoGaucho

        It is , I was in Syria some years ago, safest country I was ever in, no drugs, everyone genuinely super friendly, we were walking around all hours of the night no problem. Even the cabbies were honest and didn't rip me off. Israel, USA and Saudi Arabia wanted to destroy Syria and replace it with a Wahhabi ISIS state. They didn't count on the will of the Syrian people against the foreign terrorists. Thank God for Bashar Al Asad

  • Yawifeshusband

    I believe florio. Seems like everyone is out for a lawsuit settlement these days. If this was all true all they had to do was snap a picture or take a video with a cell phone and they win there lawsuit. dont compare paterson to syria

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