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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Posted: May 10, 2018

Claim Dismissed for Being “Conclusory and Lacking in Factual Specificity”

On May 3, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Publications International, Ltd. v. Phoenix International Publications, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 03204, dismissing a counterclaim for being “conclusory and lacking in factual specificity,” explaining: Even accepting the allegations as true and affording counterclaim plaintiff (Phoenix) every possible favorable inference, we find that the... Read more »

Posted: May 8, 2018

Claim Against New Defendant Did Not Relate Back to Earlier Complaint; New Defendant Was Not Liable for Acts of Original Defendants

On May 3, 2018, the Third Department issued a decision in Belair Care Center, Inc. v. Cool Insuring Agency, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 03196, holding that a proposed claim against a new defendant was time-barred because it did not relate back to earlier claims, explaining: Plaintiffs’ further contend that the proposed new causes of... Read more »

Posted: May 7, 2018

Failure to Use Contract’s Pre-Suit Dispute Resolution Process Dooms Claim

On May 3, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in MPEG LA, L.L.C. v America Information Systems, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 03210, dismissing a claim for failure to use a pre-suit audit procedure, explaining: The claim that Toshiba under-reported and underpaid royalties under the parties’ license agreement was correctly dismissed because plaintiff failed... Read more »

Posted: May 5, 2018

Court Declines to Interpret Arbitration Agreement Where Agreement Leaves That Decision to Arbitrators

On May 1, 2018, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Footprint Power Salem Harbor Development, L.P. v. Iberdrola Energy Products, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 30794(U), denying a motion to stay an arbitration, ruling that under the arbitration agreement, it was for the arbitrators, not the court, to... Read more »

Posted: May 3, 2018

Specific Performance on Real Estate Contract Inappropriate Where No Evidence of Plaintiff’s Ability to Close

On April 18, 2018, Justice Ash of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Silvershore Props. LLC v. Dunning, 2018 NY Slip Op. 30715(U), denying specific performance of a contract to sell real property, explaining: Typically, a contract is not breached until the time set for performance has expired. To prevail on a... Read more »

Posted: May 2, 2018

Whether Signature on Agreement Containing Arbitration Clause Was Forged is for Court to Determine

April 25, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in Alam v. Uddin, 2018 NY Slip Op. 02763, holding that the question of whether the signature on an agreement containing an arbitration clause was forged was for the court, not an arbitrator, to determine, explaining: Where a party has applied for an order compelling arbitration,... Read more »