Manuel Dorta-Duque opposed Lennar’s 290-acre Silver Palms subdivision, which borders his land. Lennar promised to lease five acres of land to Manuel Dorta-Duque and plant trees as a buffer between his property and the subdivision if he did not file a court appeal challenging a zoning change needed for the project.

Dorta-Duque did not sue, but three other neighbors did file a zoning appeal that delayed the project. Lennar refused to make good on its deal with Dorta-Duque.