Lessee wrongfully evicted from premises

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James J. Romanowski (“James”) and Ryan J. Romanowski (“Ryan”) (collectively “the Romanowskis”) appeal from the trial court’s order finding: (1) in favor of Giordano Management Group, LLC (“GMG”) on its complaint against the Romanowskis; (2) in favor of GMG on the Romanowskis’ counterclaim; and (3) in favor of James Giordano (“Giordano”) on the Romanowskis’ third-party claim. The Romanowskis raise the following issue for our review: whether the trial court’s judgment is clearly erroneous.

Conclusion (slip op. at 10):  Affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded.

Key Analysis (slip op. at 6-7, 8, 9):  Giordano, as a principal of GMG, wrongfully evicted the Romanowskis by refusing them access to the Premises and the personal property contained therein . . . GMG did not deny the Romanowskis access to the personal property in order to enforce an obligation of the tenant to the landlord under a rental agreement . . . [However], Giordano’s action in locking the Romanowskis out of the Premises and denying them access to his personal property was without legal basis.

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