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Woman Named Stickler Turns "Textbook Property-Line Squabble" Into Federal Case

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Thank God for Brooklyn.

If it weren't for the Borough of Kings, we wouldn't have Stickler v. Halevy et al, in which Marsha Stickler of Midwood is suing her neighbors Hanoch and Eris Halevy in federal court over a three-foot strip of grass.

The New York Post calls the case "a textbook property-line squabble between a longtime homeowner and the newcomers next door."

Except for the fact that the plaintiff is named Stickler. And, being a stickler (as well as a Stickler), she has, as Judge Jack Weinstein said yesterday, managed to "transmogrify" a "neighborly dispute...into a federal case."

The $1 million patch of pathetic

The Daily News reports that Stickler is "seeking $1 million in damages from the Halevys because they removed a chain-link fence, a tree and a large bush from the passageway between the homes."

Stickler, who lives in New Jersey and rents out the home to a rabbi, isn't giving the Halevys any leeway whatsoever, accusing them of intimidating witnesses and threatening neighborhood residents not to cooperate with her lawyers.

According to city records, the property in question legally belongs to the Halevys. But, according to John Marzulli of the News, "Stickler could win under a legal principle called 'adverse possession,' which is similar to squatters' rights," as Stickler's family "used the strip for more than 45 years because it thought it was the family's property."

However, attorney Jonathan Nelson, who is representing the Halevy family, believes the defendants will prevail, as Stickler, surprisingly, has not been true to the letter of the law.

"I am exceedingly confident the jury will find in favor of the Halevys and allow them to keep the land that is rightfully theirs," he said.
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