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Cases of Interest

Notable cases in which Wolfgang & Weinmann has been able to reduce property tax assessments, secure property tax refunds, and freeze assessments. Click on any of the headlines to read a case or an article.

Cases

Niagara Falls Turtle v. City of Niagara Falls
April 9, 2013
Assessment reduced from $1.6 million to $900,000 resulting in property tax refunds plus interest exceeding $83,000.

Legacy Health Care vs. City of Buffalo
March 6, 2009
Supreme Court denied the City’s Motion to Dismiss our Assessment Challenge where the City refused to recognize established exceptions to the three-year statutory freeze on assessments, commonly referred to as Section 727.

LCO Building vs. City of Buffalo
March 23, 2007
Intermediate Order granting Summary Judgment on grounds of Selective Re-Assessment on Larkin at Exchange properties in Buffalo, New York.  Multiple parcel assessments exceeding $39 million were reduced over the course of several years and frozen for a span of years into the future.

Articles

Appraisers not permitted inside single-family homes
The Buffalo News, February 24, 2015
Wolfgang & Weinmann argued a case at the Appeals court covering all Western New York and made law governing all of New York State.

Tecumseh, Lackawanna split difference on assessment
The Buffalo News, August 5, 2014
Wolfgang and Weinmann represented the City of Lackawanna in this case, ensuring continued tax revenues for the city over the next five years.

Bethlehem Steel site revalued
The Buffalo News, August 4, 2014
A tax assessment battle between the City of Lackawanna and the owner of the vast former Bethlehem Steel property has resulted in the parties splitting the difference, ensuring continued tax revenues for the city over the next five years after the owner sought to avoid any liability. Lackawanna hired attorney Peter Weinmann, who specializes in assessment challenges.

Erie County to hire attorneys to join lawsuits over tax assessments
Article from The Buffalo News, December 16, 2012
Lackawanna’s Bethlehem Steel fair tax assessment has county crying foul

Settlement lowers plaza’s assessment
Article from The Buffalo News, November 13, 2012
Wolfgang & Weinmann wins significant tax assessment reduction for Quaker Crossing Retail Center

Lawmakers consider Rochester’s four-year reassessment model
Article from The Buffalo News, October 9, 2010
Attorney Peter Allen Weinmann weighs in on Buffalo’s exploration of four-year tax reassessment model

More time given to assess Statler value
Article from Buffalo Business First, April 28, 2010
City’s tax assessment reduction on Statler Towers is not enough says Wolfgang & Weinmann

Statler’s “negative” value draws lawsuit
Article from Buffalo Business First, April 1, 2010
Suit filed by Wolfgang & Weinmann to reduce Statler’s true value to “negative” $12.8 million

Statler is “dead building,” city panel told
Article from The Buffalo News, February 2, 2010
City warned by Wolfgang & Weinmann that refusal to reduce Statler’s assessment value would only hurt development efforts

Attorney claims Statler is worthless
Article from The Buffalo News, January 23, 2010
Attorney Peter Allen Weinmann tags Statler with unprecedented negative assessment value

Buffalo’s assessment alerts rattle property owners
Article from The Buffalo News, October 5, 2007
Wolfgang & Weinmann calls some recent city tax assessment increases outrageous

Fines against city rise in tax cases
Article from The Buffalo News, May 22, 2007
Wolfgang & Weinmann’s proof of incorrect tax reassessments causes costly headaches for the City’s assessor

Tax chief fined over refunds gaffe
Article from The Buffalo News, January 28, 2007
Case reopened by Wolfgang & Weinmann for collection of still unpaid property tax refunds from city

Statler Towers tax refund ordered
Article from The Buffalo News, January 11, 2007
Wolfgang & Weinmann files against City for refund of tax payments from overassessments on Statler

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