In an escalating dispute, the Harbor Commission this week directed its attorneys to notify a port law firm that it is not a proper port business and may be excluded from the harbor.
The law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan sued the city-run Port of Long Beach on Aug. 15, alleging that port officials had illegally blocked the firm's lease of a larger office building. The suit asks that the firm be allowed to move into the larger building and that the port pay at least $100,000 in damages.
On Monday, the Harbor Commission directed that the Keesal firm be notified it is in default on a lease of the 11,000-square-foot building it now occupies on Pier F.
"When they came here, the majority of their business was admiralty law; now they're saying only a third of it is," said James McJunkin, port executive director.