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November 11, 2022 Court Denies Motion To Set Aside Jury Verdict
In an Opinion, dated October 1, 2022, in 30-32 W. 31st LLC v. Heena Hotel LLC, Index Number 651918/2012, 2022 NYLJ LEXIS 1774, Justice Joel M. Cohen denied both parties’ motions for post-trial relief. The Court explained: Read More
October 10, 2022 LLC Managing Member Did Not Breach Fiduciary Duty In Diverting Investment Opportunity To Another Company
In a Decision After Trial, decided September 20, 2022, in Shatz v. Chertok, Index No. 655620/2018, 2022 NYLJ LEXIS 1635, Justice Jennifer Schecter held that the defendant managing member of an LLC did not breach his duty to the plaintiff non-managing member when he failed to present an opportunity to invest in a company known as Ripple Labs, Inc. The Court explained: Read More
September 12, 2022 Commercial Division Rule 15 Amended to Encourage Use of Remote Appearance Technology to Avoid Adjournments of Conferences
On July 12, 2022, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks signed an administrative order amending Rule 15 of the Commercial Division Rules, adding a new sentence that provides, “By leave of court as provided by Rule 1 (d), attorneys are encouraged to use remote appearance technology in order to avoid adjournments of conferences.”  The purpose of the amendment is to assist with avoiding unnecessary delay of proceedings and consequent inefficiencies and loss of productivity. Read More
September 7, 2022 Confidentiality Stipulation Insufficient to Support Finding of Good Cause to Seal Documents and None Exists as to Information that is Embarrassing But Not Proprietary
On August 8, 2022, in Cf 125 Holdings LLC v. 125 LLC et al., Index No. 850143/2019, Justice Andrea Masley of the New York County Commercial Division granted in part and denied in part defendant’s motion to seal documents pursuant to Section 216.1 of the Uniform Rules for New State Trial Courts distinguishing communications that contain strategic information and could give a competitor an unearned advantage from documents that contain information that is inflammatory or embarrassing but not proprietary or confidential. The Court explained: Read More
February 7, 2022 Expert May Not Opine on Party's Intent
On January 20, 2022, Justice Andrea Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Line Design LLC v. Pro Design, Inc., 2022 N.Y. Slip Op. 30214(U), striking portions of an expert's report that purported to opine on a party's intent but refusing to strike other portions that were challenged on the ground that the expert conducted an inadequate investigation, explaining: Read More
November 5, 2021 New Commercial Division Rule to Permit Virtual Evidentiary Hearings and Bench Trials
On October 19, 2021, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks promulgated new Rule 36 of the Commercial Division Rules, which expressly permits evidentiary hearings and bench trials to be held virtually. The new rule, which becomes effective December 13, 2021, now expressly permits what most Commercial Division justices were already doing--holding hearings and bench trials virtually. The rule also permits the court to allow a witness or party to participate in an evidentiary hearing or bench trial virtually, even if the hearing or trial is otherwise being held in person. The rule is limited to instances in which all parties consent, and expressly does not address (one way or another) the issue of when all parties do not consent. The new rule is as follows: Read More
April 5, 2020 Court Erred by Weighing Conflicting Evidence in Deciding Motion for Directed Verdict
On March 25, 2020, the Second Department issued a decision in Boriello v. Loconte, 2020 NY Slip Op. … Read More
December 4, 2013 Court of Appeals Clarifies Criteria for Giving Missing Witness Charge
On November 26, 2013, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in DeVito v. Feliciano, Docket No. 195,… Read More