An elderly Manhattan woman whose family homestead in Queens was stolen through deed fraud has no right to sue the city or the City Registrar for damages, a Queens judge ruled Friday.
Supreme Court Justice Kevin Kerrigan said that Jennifer Merin, 72, cannot sue for negligence because the City Registrar has no obligation and no authority under law to make sure that the deeds it accepts for filing in all five boroughs are legitimate.
Merin's lawyer, Christopher Campbell, whose law firm DLA Piper is representing Merin for free, said they will appeal.
"The judge seems not to acknowledge our (argument) that the city failed to follow its own rules in processing this deed,” he said.
“Deeds are supposed to have metes and bounds. This deed was completely blank on that. The previous owner is supposed to be the seller. This had a different name entirely. And this house was given away for free. All of these things should have been red flags,” he said.