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Justin Theroux & the Greenwich Village Co-Op Battle From Hell

What started as a seemingly trivial quarrel over soundproofing has escalated into an eight-year odyssey of fiery lawsuits between the actor Justin Theroux and his neighbor.
What started as a seemingly trivial quarrel over soundproofing has escalated into an eight-year odyssey of fiery lawsuits between the actor Justin Theroux and his neighbor. Photos: Robert Kamau/GC Images & James Andrews/Dreamstime; Photo Illustration: Puck
Eriq Gardner
July 24, 2023

Within the confined urban maze of New York City, neighborly turf battles are no rarity. Yet among these clashes, one particular feud stands out—the long-standing legal confrontation between actor-screenwriter Justin Theroux and white-shoe attorney Norman Resnicow, both occupants of a charming Greenwich Village co-op. 

Theroux, the magnetic star of HBO’s The Leftovers and, more recently, White House Plumbers, holds residence on the second floor of a 10-unit building right off of Washington Square Park, while Resnicow, a partner at Fox Horan & Camerini, lives on the first floor. What started as a seemingly trivial quarrel over soundproofing has escalated into an eight-year odyssey of fiery lawsuits, with neither party yielding an inch, and one side going so far as to suggest that these cases may serve as evidence of America’s slide into totalitarianism.