Lawsuit revolves around websites created by Felix Sater that disparage his former associate, Jody Kriss
By Richard Ruelas | The Republic
A dispute between two New York businessmen who were involved in the ill-fated attempt to build a Trump Tower in the Biltmore area of Phoenix ended up in the U.S. District Court for Arizona, with each accusing the other of ties to the Russian mob.
The case involved a Russian company, a Russian woman who may or may not exist and a slew of websites that are posting questionable information.
The lawsuit, filed in 2016, revolves around websites created by Felix Sater that disparage his former associate, Jody Kriss, the financial executive who was the public face of Bayrock Development, the company that attempted to build a Trump Tower along Camelback Road.
Kriss left Bayrock after what he said was a death threat by Sater and filed a lawsuit against the company in New York. Kriss contended that Bayrock operated as an illegal racketeering firm, not a development company. His 2010 complaint said Bayrock was “substantially and covertly mob-owned and operated.”