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Torts Keyed to Dobbs
Iseberg v. Gross
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Slavin and Mr. Gross formed a business together called Vernonshire Auto Laundry (“VAL”). They contacted Plaintiff Iseberg, a lawyer and real estate developer, who was in the process of acquiring land to develop into a strip mall. Iseberg and one Mr. Frank started a corporation, LFD, in order to complete that transaction. VAL and LFD formed a partnership with each company contributing funds to purchase the land. A dispute arose among the partners and the partnership was dissolved, leaving VAL with sole ownership of the property. Much time passed and because the property did not sell, Slavin lost his entire investment. Slavin became mentally unbalanced and focused his anger on Iseberg. Slavin told Gross several times that he wanted to harm Iseberg and then commit suicide. Gross told Frank about these threats, but neither told Iseberg. In early 2000, Slavin rang the doorbell at Iseberg’s home and shot him four times when he answered the door, killing him.
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