The owner of the iconic Tribune Tower and several other downtown Oakland office buildings is facing a lawsuit from a business partner accusing him of diverting funds from their enterprise to help amass his growing real estate portfolio.
The lawsuit, filed last month in Alameda County Superior Court, marks the second time in the past year that Thomas Henderson and his sons, Matthew and Michael, have been sued by an estranged partner.
Working with his two sons, Henderson, 66, has made a name for himself in recent years for his participation in the federal EB-5 program in which wealthy foreigners, primarily from China, bankroll projects that create domestic jobs in exchange for permanent residency in the U.S.
At issue is their biggest EB-5 venture, a call center company called CallSocket, which operates out of several floors in the Tribune Tower.
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