NEW YORK and MALIBU, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley S. Arkin, legal counsel for Prince Albert II of Monaco ("Prince Albert"), today filed in federal court in California a motion on Prince Albert's behalf calling for the court to dismiss the meritless lawsuit of Robert Eringer. By filing this lawsuit, Eringer is attempting to misuse the U.S. judicial system to extract undeserved monies from Prince Albert.
Mr. Arkin stated, "Simply put, Robert Eringer, like his attempted lawsuit, is not credible. In fact, he dresses up his complaint with pages upon pages of unrelated and seemingly bizarre anecdotes which have nothing to do with his so-called claim. Basically, Eringer's lawsuit couches a modest breach-of-contract claim in a complaint replete with grandiose, scurrilous and largely irrelevant allegations, redolent of a crude 'shake-down' or blatant extortion."
The motion filed by Mr. Arkin asserts that Prince Albert, as Monaco's sovereign and head-of-state, is entitled to immunity from Eringer's lawsuit. Customary international law provides that a foreign head-of-state is afforded absolute immunity from jurisdiction in United States courts.
Furthermore, the motion underscores that Eringer's allegations make plain that the contract in question relates to matters that are in no way associated with California (where Eringer filed his complaint) or the United States. As the motion points out, "It is hard to conceive of a scenario where it would be less appropriate for a dispute to be adjudicated by this Court."
The motion also brings to the attention of the court the fact that Eringer, in a letter to Prince Albert in September 2009, demanded approximately EUR400,000 (or $600,000) in exchange for keeping private the contents of the unfiled complaint. The motion states, "In exacting revenge for being frustrated in the pursuit of money to which he is not entitled, Plaintiff has demonstrated his malignant intent; the filed Complaint contains a demand of only EUR40,000 (approximately $60,000) - a fraction of the amount originally demanded by Plaintiff."
"Eringer has turned a naked attempt at extortion into a meritless lawsuit about a contract dispute," Mr. Arkin stated. "As the public record shows, this is not the first time he has attempted to victimize innocent people."
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SOURCE Stanley S. Arkin