DC Superior Court grants summary judgment in favor of client

By JD Howlette Law

After more than a year of (needless) litigation, we’re proud to announce that the D.C. Superior Court granted our motion for summary judgment in a (frivolous) case brought by our client’s neighbor that sought more than $4,000,000 for “the theft of a little girl’s dream.” The neighbor engaged our client to provide violin lessons to his daughter on a weekly and biweekly basis, which our client did for about 4 years. Then, a property boundary dispute arose between the parties that led to the neighbor terminating the violin lessons.

After ending the violin lessons, the neighbor waited nearly 18 months to file a lawsuit alleging that our client committed fraud by claiming to be a "professional musician" without posessing a basic business licensed in the District of Columbia.

In our motion for summary judgment, we argued that the neighbor’s fraud claim was frivolous on its face and brought solely for the purpose of harassing our client over the property boundary dispute that arose during the course of the violin lessons.

In granting our motion for summary judgment, the Court held, in relevant part, that the neighbor did not have “any individual right to sue [our client] for the lack of a basic business license under D.C. Code § 47-2851.02(a)." The Court also determined that there was insufficient evidence in the record that our client committed a material misrepresentation about being a professional music teacher.