On June 29, 2011, Kasowitz won a significant victory on behalf of client Harbor Group International, LLC, an international real estate investment firm. Harbor Group was, along with its CEO, foreign investors and an affiliate, sued in N.Y. Supreme Court by parties seeking a brokerage commission on Harbor’s December 2010 purchase of a New York City office building. The court granted Kasowitz’s motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ breach of contract, fraud and punitive damages, unjust enrichment and quantum meruit claims against the Harbor defendants. Kasowitz succeeded at obtaining dismissal with prejudice of all claims on the grounds that real estate brokers cannot collect commissions when acting through unlicensed agents, finders cannot collect fees on real estate transactions in NY absent proper licensure, and fraud and punitive damages claims cannot be sustained when based on contractual theories of recovery. Kasowitz partners David M. Friedman and Adina G. Storch led Harbor’s representation.