Commercial Division Blog

Posted: January 16, 2018 / Categories Commercial, Appeals, Unfair Claims Settlement Practices, Unfair Claims Settlement Practices, Appeals

Court of Appeals Grants Leave to Appeal in Case Involving Dismissal of Action Filed By Counsel That Does Not Maintain An Office in New York

On January 11, 2017, the Court of Appeals granted leave to appeal in Arrowhead Capital Fin., Ltd. v. Cheyne Specialty Fin. Fund L.P. In Arrowhead Capital, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division granted a motion to dismiss because the plaintiff's counsel did not maintain an office in New York in violation of Section 470 of the Judiciary Law.  See our previous post about the First Department's decision here.

This was a harsh result for the plaintiff to be sure, especially in an era when telecommuting and "virtual" offices are increasingly common.  However, the Court of Appeals has ruled that the Judiciary Law requires a lawyer to maintain a physical office in the state.  See Schoenefeld v. New York, 25 N.Y.3d 22 (2015).  And the Second Circuit has rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the requirement.  See Schoenefeld v. Schneiderman, 821 F.3d 273 (2016).

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