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3.02.2007

Dentist Seeks Lidle Estate's Riches

Dr. Lawrence Rosenthal, a dentist to the rich and famous, has filed a $7 million lawsuit against the estate of late New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, claiming his home was destroyed when the ballplayer's small airplane crashed into his apartment building.

After Lidle's Cirrus SR-20 aircraft crashed into the Manhattan building where Rosenthal lived with his wife and teenage son, they were forced to vacate their 43rd-floor apartment.

Rosenthal, whose patients include Donald Trump, Bruce Springsteen and Catherine Zeta-Jones, said his apartment sustained "severe damage, including broken windows, smoke damage, loose bricks and other extensive damage" that forced them out.

The plane, killing Lidle and flight instructor Tyler Stanger, hit the Upper East Side building on the 30th floor, 13 floors below Rosenthal's apartment.

Rosenthal's lawyer said Thursday that "everything was destroyed" in his client's home, forcing the family to rent while waiting to return. Their home is actually three apartments joined to make one that is worth several million dollars. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Manhattan state Supreme Court, names Lidle's wife, Melanie Lidle, as the defendant and responsible party for her late husband's estate.

Ms. Lidle's lawyer issued a statement saying attorneys for the Lidle and Stanger families had filed wrongful-death lawsuits against Cirrus Design Corp., alleging product liability, negligence and other complaints.

If Rosenthal's name seems familiar, it's because he was in the news in January, when he sued best-selling author Ellen Fein for $5 million after she called him a quack on LyingDentist.com and BadDentist.com, accusing him of "ruining her mouth." Dr. Rosenthal has been sued on at least twelve separate occasions for malpractice and sexual abuse, but seems to find his way out of trouble financially.

[Gaurdian Unlimited]

2 comments:

Megs said...

That guys' perfect smile just screams douchebag.

Anonymous said...

"forced to rent"

Such a sad existence.