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Even in Death, Albert Ellis Keeps Fighting the Ellis Institute

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The influential Upper East Side psychologist Albert Ellis, who died yesterday at 93, won a lawsuit in 2005 that forced the board of the Albert Ellis Institute, which he founded in 1959 and practiced from for decades, to reinstate him after he'd essentially been thrown out. But he had new litigation pending against the institute when he died yesterday, and his lawyer says he's prepared to continue the suit on behalf of the estate. The breach-of-contract action was filed in New York Supreme Court on June 6, and it seeks to have the institute reimburse Ellis for medical expenses he paid out of pocket and return his personal papers and documents, which the lawyer, Michael B. deLeeuw, claims were suddenly "put under lock and key" last spring.

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