Roc Center Gettysbtimes jan 1934
Calk Rockefeller Center "Frankenstein 99 In Suit Now York. Jan. 11 (APJ--John D. Rockefeller. Jr., and associates in the Rockefeller center development were charged with unfair competition in soliciting tenants, In a $10,000.000 damage suit filed Wednesday t/y real estate interests controlled by August Heckscher, aged multi-millionaire philanthropist. The use of coercion to force businesses in which they have an Interest to vacate eases and move to Rockefeller center was alleged in complaint against the defendants, who include Winthrop W. Aidrich, banker and brother-in-law of Rockefeller, and Nelson A Rockefeller, a son The plaintiffs are the Anahma Realty corporation and the Broadway Exchange corporation. Heckscher, who has recovered from a j collapse on his recent eighty-first birthday, is president of the former company Three years ago he was j reckoned as the largest owner of j income-producing real estate In York, replacing the Astor i family ! Injunction. Sought An injunction to end such alleged practices oy tne KocKeieuer center interests was sought in the complaint. Rockefeller center was character- as a ''modern .Frankenstein" stepping "through the door of special privilege into the realm of destructive competition" in one sec- of the suit, which alleged violation of an act of congress allowing center to operate as a bonded warehouse for display of foreign free of duty until sold or re- exported, "As plaintiffs are informed and believe," the complaint set forth. "the congress of the United States was induced to pass said act upon a representation by defendants they would thus be enabled to import solely for purposes of public exhibition; but that after the enactment of said act defendant (Rockefeller center) publicly advertised that by virtue thereof, defendant was empowered to import, and permit its tenants to import, goods, wares and merchandise to be used not as samples only for far-flung merchandising, and thus carry on the practices of without the requirements of capital' with which to pay duty.',' Goods Sold, Claim By virtue of the congressional the complaint alleged, tenants of Rockefeller center display and sell goods in bond for a term of as two years from the date of importation. This provision was used as an inducement, -it was alleged, to draw tenants from other buildings, including some from buildings owned by the Anahma corporation. Two of the-buildings in the center in 'Which foreign firms with Amer- icanomces are located, are tl" British Empu-e building and the Maison. Francaise. An Italian building is under Â»construction. Some of the ' practices ' alleged against the Rockefeller center associates are: Paying tenants in other buildings sums of money to ignore present leases. Taking-tenants at prices less than required by the center to meet taxes and actual cost of operation, assuming at large costs the leases of tenants of other buildings, inducing them to purchase space.