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Brooklyn Riviera Developer Threatens to Sue Blog

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Last week, the Southern Brooklyn blog GerritsenBeach.Net, which has periodically reported on the Brooklyn Riviera developments, put up a post revealing the developer, Stephen Jemal, was being sued by a financial partner for $5.8 million plus interest. Afterward, the developer's lawyer sent a letter demanding the post be pulled down, that blogs linking to it remove it and that the blogger sign a "non-disparagement agreement." It also requests $20,000 for legal fees and to "act as additional consideration to induce him not to file suit." Also, someone believed to be "close" to the developer's firm allegedly launched a Denial of Service attack on the website. And we thought Gowanus was a rough place. [GerritsenBeach.Net; previously]