Timing, as they say, is everything. Unfortunately Madonna waited too long to file her lawsuit against a New York City co-op. The co-op board attempted to hold the Like A Virgin singer accountable and to be physically in the home when either her family or staff were there.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits stated in a ruling that Madonna had 4 months, dating from April 2, 2014 to bring forth her suit. However Madonna only began her suit on April 1, 2016. This was two years following the deadline.
Madonna previously lived at the beautiful Harperly Hall, also on the Upper West Side. Harperly Hall is also known as 41 Central Park West. The building was built in 1910 and opened to residents in 1911. Harperly Hall was designed by Henry W. Wilkinson. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also part of the Central Park West Historic District. This apartment she shared with husband Sean Penn and her family.
Madonna’s co-op board chose to revise the rules on her lease, stating that her children, family and domestic help and staff cannot be in the home unless Madonna herself is at home as well. The Upper West Side apartment is located near the beautiful New York City Central Park.
Her lawyers disagreed, stating that Madonna owned several homes in different parts of the globe and also travelled throughout the world. Madonna is the mother to 4 children: Rocco, Lourdes, David Banda and Mercy James.
The lawyer representing the co-op board stated that all co-op owners needed to be treated the same, and that Madonna was being held to the exact same regulations that all other co-op members would be. It is only fair that Madonna follow the rules that others living in the co-op do, just as they would for other circumstances to live in the beautiful building and surroundings.
While her lawsuit has been dismissed, the judge has agreed to permit Madonna to request documents from the co-op board and to also submit a claim for payment of attorney fees. No official comments have been made regarding the matter.