Lawyer's wife loses battle with apartment complex to keep elevator "dog-free"

Lawyer’s wife loses battle with apartment complex to keep elevator “dog-free”

utilities here is something to chew on.

Holly Geraci, wife of noted bankruptcy attorney Peter Francis Geraci, has filed a lawsuit against the condo association where they live after dogs were allowed in the building.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2015, was against the Union Square Condominium Association, according to the Chicago Tribune† It stated that her fear of dogs was classified as a disability, and she wished they were banned from the building’s elevator, where they invaded her personal space. Luckily for the dog lovers who live in a condo, she lost the case.

Although the Geracis were granted an exception to the former “no-dog” rule for their 10-pound Cairn Terrier, Ms. Geraci stated that her fear is exclusive to large canines, as she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to childhood trauma. According to the story, she was attacked by a German Shepherd at a young age, which led to her debilitating fear.

However, the jury found her PTSD not crippling enough to qualify as a disability discriminated against under the Fair Housing Act.

Photo of a Cairn Terrier

While residing at their Ritz-Carlton Residences penthouse, the Geracis filed three more lawsuits against the Union Square Condominium Association, including one due to “a physical altercation with a dog walker” in the elevator. Mrs. Geraci lost the case.

Since the affluent couple recently purchased an unfinished floor to add to their 6,000-square-foot living space, once the renovations are complete, they’ll enjoy their own express elevator from the lobby to their home — leaving it decidedly dog-free.

Image Source: Screenshot via The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Chicago

But that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the dog lift battle. Graham Miller, a lawyer representing the Union Square Condominium Association, told the… Chicago Tribune that he would not let the Geracis pass by to appeal the verdict.

“I don’t know what they’re going to do with this case. They are definitely pushing the process to its limits,” he said in the story.

(you/t: Chicago Tribune

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