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Litigation Update: DHC Gets “King’s Tailor” Lawsuit Tossed

May 9, 2024 – DHC “sewed up” a victory for the King of England’s tailor recently, after he was sued by the real-life model for the attorney in Tom Wolfe’s novel “Bonfire of the Vanities.”

Ed Hayes, who claimed to be a minority owner of Anderson & Sheppard of London, the tailor to His Majesty King Charles, accused our client of various financial misdeeds, including failing to pay distributions or taxes.

DHC Co-Managing Partner and Chair of the Commercial Litigation law practice, Larry Hutcher argued that the case should have been brought in England, and the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court agreed, reversing the trial court ruling and tossing the suit in March 2024.

“Mr. Hayes stitched together quite the patchwork of allegations, but in the end, his argument was seen as an empty suit and the judge agreed,” said Hutcher, who worked with partner Joshua Krakowsky on the suit representing Anderson & Sheppard.

The tale was first featured in a 2022 post of The Daily Beast.

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