Chicago woman loses lawsuit demanding no dogs in condo elevator rides

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The wife of a prominent attorney will have to continue to share the elevator rides from her penthouse residence with dogs after losing a federal lawsuit against the Union Square Condominium Association. Holl Geraci, wife of bankruptcy attorney Peter F. Geraci had filed a housing discrimination lawsuit in 2015 claiming her fear of dogs was covered under the Fair Housing Act.

According to the Chicago Tribune,  the jury ruled in favor of the condo association. Holly claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after having been attacked by a German shepherd when she was a child. She maintained riding the elevator with large dogs frightened her.

“They didn’t believe that Holly Geraci actually suffered from a disability as it’s defined by the Fair Housing Act,” Graham Miller, an attorney representing the condo association, said Monday.

In 2000, when the Geracis moved into the posh development, there were no dogs allowed, however the association made an exception for their senior dog who weighed ten pounds. By 2004, the building opened their doors for all dogs – no breed exceptions. After that, Holly filed several complaints with the board asking that she be able to ride the elevator without dogs – which would have entailed owners or dog walkers having to get off the elevator whenever Geraci decided to leave or enter the building.

In 2013, Holly became entangled in a physical altercation with a dog walker that later resulted in Holly losing and the plaintiff being awarded $275,000 in damages.

The Geracis have since purchased a 6,000 square foot penthouse at the Ritz Carlton; no dogs allowed.

(Photo via woman suing for dogs on elevator rides via Facebook)

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16 replies
  1. maxiemom. says:

    I have no sympathy for her whatsoever. Being afraid is NOT a disability. I know a MANY people who have real ones, and they suffer daily and painfully or in ways this bitch could not begin to imagine. If she is afraid, SHE needs to be the one to get off the elevator, not the other person with their dog. Yes, it is a posh, expensive place to live, and there are a lot of self entitled people living there, but she sounds like she must have been the worst. UGH!

  2. pennysdachshund says:

    WELL GOOD for HER!!!! LET HER < HER BILLIONAIRE HUSBAND it won’t bother the canine population on iota!!! She is “ONE RICH BITCH” with nothing to do!!!

  3. Linda Szymoniak says:

    If I’m understanding this, it was THEIR senior dog that opened up the building to allowing dogs. This woman and her husband are filthy rich. She can live any place she wants. I’m glad she didn’t win her lawsuit. I’m beginning to think that there may have been a reason for the dog to bite her when she was a kid. Sounds like she thinks she’s better than everyone else – especially the dogs. Now I know, too, to never contact her husband if I need a lawyer. I see his ads constantly on TV – sounds like a fricking ambulance chaser to me.

  4. Jacqueline says:

    Sorry rich snob doggies won over you this time. Hooray for the winners????????. Give back to the world just like the made the exception for you. Go volunteer or use the stairs for your PTSD. LMAO

  5. Pamela D'Angio says:

    She is a rich bitch and expects the world to be centered around what she wants. She had a great judge who didn’t pity the snooty bitch who thinks her shit doesn’t stink but it does since she doesn’t like dogs. Good for her.

  6. Cynthia Como says:

    She is ridiculous! How about when u see there are dogs in the elevator let it go and wait till till it comes back without the dogs on it! Or if there are stairs let her use the stairs! She must feel she is better than everyone else around her,or is she too special to have to wait till the elevator comes backs? So she decides to clog up the courts with her stupid,ridiculous law suite! Glad she lost! Let her and her lawyer husband move if she is that fearful,spoiled little princess!


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