Sues Rockerfeller Salt lake Trib Jan 1934
Real Estate Finn Sues Rockefeller For $10,000,000 in Tenancy Fight NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (fl>>—John D Rockefeller Jr. and associates in the Rockefeller Center development were charged with unfair competition in soliciting tenants, in a ?10,0(JO,000 damage suit filed today by real estate interests controlled by August Heekscher, nged iiiulit-znilHonaire philanthropist. The use of coercion to force business in which they have tin interest vacate leases and move to Rockefeller Center was alleged in the complaint against the defendants, who include Winthrop W. Aldrich, banker brother-in-law of Rockefeller, and Nelson A. Rockefeller, a son. The plaintiffs are the Anahma Realty corporation and the Broadway Exchange corporation. Heekscher, who has recovered from a collapse on his recent eighty-fifth birthday, is president of the former company. Threo years ago he was reckoned as the largest owner of income-producing real estate in New York, replac-i ing the Aslor family. Aei injunction to end such alleged practices by the Rockefeller Center interests was sought in the complaint. Rockefeller Center was characterized as a "modem Frankenstein" stepping "through the door of special privileges inlo the realm of destructive competition" in one section of the suit, which alleged violation of an act of congress allowing the center to operate as a bonded warehouse for the display of foreign goods free of duty until sold or "reexported."