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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Posted: May 31, 2018

Court Rejects Bid to Submit Expert Report a Year Late

On May 18, 2018, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in NexBank, SSB v. Soffer, 2018 NY Slip Op. 30974(U), rejecting a request to file an expert report over a year after the deadline for exchanging reports, explaining: Commercial Division Rule 13 requires a plaintiff who intends to call… Read more »

Posted: May 28, 2018

Court Erred by Striking Answer for Failure to Appear at Conference Where No Evidence Party Had Notice of Conference

On May 23, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in Notaro v. Performance Team, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03692, holding that the IAS court erred in striking the defendant’s answer for failure to appear at a court conference where there was no evidence that the defendant had notice of the conference, explaining: Generally, to… Read more »

Posted: May 27, 2018

Misstatements in Court Documents That Were Not Material and a Single Act of Deceit Insufficient Basis for Malicious Prosecution Claim

On May 22, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Shawe v. Elting, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03644, holding that misstatements that were not material and a single act of deceit were an insufficient basis for a malicious prosecution claim, explaining: [O]ur rulings in Elting v Shawe (129 AD3d 648 [1st Dept 2015]) and… Read more »

Posted: May 25, 2018

Breach of Contract Action Barred by Contract’s Mandatory Mediation Provision

On May 24, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Korangy v. Malone, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03767, holding that a breach of contract claim was barred by a contract’s mandatory mediation provision, explaining: The motion court correctly dismissed the breach of contract cause of action, as under the plain language of the operating… Read more »

Posted: May 24, 2018

Order Vacating Default Judgment Reversed and Remanded for Traverse Hearing on Service

On May 17, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Noah Bank v. Hudson Produce, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 03630, reversing an order that vacated a default judgment and remanding for a traverse hearing, explaining: Since defendant is a corporation, CPLR 311(a)(1) governs the method of service in this action. It is undisputed… Read more »

Posted: May 23, 2018

Summary Judgment Inappropriate Where Conflicting Inferences Can be Drawn from Evidence and Issues of Credibility Exist

On May 16, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in UB Distributors, LLC v. S.K.I. Wholesale Beer Corp., 2018 NY Slip Op. 03559, holding that summary judgment is inappropriate where conflicting inferences can be drawn from the evidence and issues of credibility exist, explaining: Here, the defendants failed to establish their prima facie entitlement… Read more »

Posted: May 22, 2018

Court Erred in Considering Extrinsic Evidence in Interpreting an Unambiguous Agreement

On May 16, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in World Ambulette Transportation, Inc. v. Lee, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03560, holding that the trial court erred in considering extrinsic evidence in interpreting an unambiguous agreement, explaining: [W]e disagree with the Supreme Court to the extent that it determined that the parties’ written agreement… Read more »

Posted: May 21, 2018

Court Of Appeals Rejects “Avoided Costs” As Proper Measure Of Damages For Misappropriation Of Trade Secrets

On May 3, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued an opinion, E.J. Brooks Co. v Cambridge Sec. Seals, 2018 NY Slip Op 03171, answering a question certified by the Second Circuit, namely whether a plaintiff can recover its competitor’s avoided costs as damages in a trade secrets action, whether as misappropriation, unfair competition, or unjust… Read more »