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Posted: February 25, 2020

Plaintiff Not Entitled to Summary Judgment on Guaranty When it Could Not Be Authenticated by a Disinterested Witness

On February 13, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in Galpern v. Air Chefs, L.L.C., 2020 NY Slip Op. 01021, holding that a plaintiff was not entitled to summary judgment on a guaranty because it could not be authenticated by a disinterested witness, explaining: As for defendants’ arguments under the dead man’s statute, plaintiff... Read more »

Posted: February 24, 2020

Transcripts and Videos of Arguments in the Court of Appeals for February 2020 Now Available

On January 31, 2020, we noted a case of interest from the oral arguments before the Court of Appeals in February 2020: Plavin v Group Health Insurance, CQ 19-02 (Argued on Tuesday, February 11) (“Consumer Protection -Deceptive Acts and Practices–Whether defendant insurance company’s marketing materials to prospective enrollees of group health insurance plan violated General... Read more »

Posted: February 23, 2020

Court Denies 3211(a)(1) Motion to Dismiss Based on E-mails

On February 4, 2020, Justice Cohen of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Fosshage v. Mitta Water Holdings, LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op. 30296(U), dismissing a 3211(a)(1) motion based on e-mails, explaining: The Stockholder defendants argue that the complaint should be dismissed based upon unambiguous email evidence. According to the Stockholder... Read more »

Posted: February 22, 2020

Plaintiff Sufficiently Alleges Jurisdiction Over Foreign Defendant That Did Not Travel to New York

On January 6, 2020, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in My Size, Inc. v. North Empire LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op. 30276(U), holding that a plaintiff had sufficiently alleged jurisdiction over a defendant that had not traveled to New York, explaining: While conceding that this court lacks general... Read more »

Posted: February 20, 2020

Third-Party Assessment of Product’s Quality Provided by Contract Binding Even Where Assessment Do Not Cover All Quality Requirements

On February 3, 2020, Justice Cohen of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Curacao Oil N.V. v. Trafigura Pte. Ltd., 2020 NY Slip Op. 30254(U), holding that a contract provision providing for a third-party’s binding assessment of the quality of a product was binding even where that assessment did not cover... Read more »

Posted: February 19, 2020

LLC’s Managing Members Owed Fiduciary Duties to Non-Managing Member

On January 3, 2020, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Zunzurovski v. Bukefal LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op. 30264(U), holding that an LLC’s managing members had fiduciary duties to its non-managing member, explaining: To assert a claim for breach of fiduciary duty, a plaintiff must allege that (1)... Read more »

Posted: February 18, 2020

Veil Piercing Claim Against Parent Fails Because Plaintiff Was Aware of Subsidiary’s Financial Condition

On January 22, 2020, Justice Borrok of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in 165 E. 72nd Apt. Corp. v. Invite Health Stores, Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op. 30266(U), dismissing veil-piercing claims because the plaintiff knew of the defendant subsidiary’s financial condition, explaining: For its remaining claims, the Landlord seeks to pierce... Read more »

Posted: February 17, 2020

Defendant Liable for Breach of Term Sheet’s Obligation to Negotiate Lease in Good Faith

On January 6, 2020, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in DOLP 1133 Props. II LLC v. Amazon Corporate, LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op. 30274(U), holding that a defendant was liable for breach of a term sheet’s obligation to negotiate a final agreement in good faith, explaining: This case... Read more »

Posted: February 16, 2020

Deceased Partner’s Estate Does Not Have Standing to Seek Limited Partnership’s Dissolution

On February 5, 2020, Justice Borrok of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Weinstein v RAS Prop. Mgt. LLC, 2020 NY Slip Op. 20028, holding that a deceased partner’s estate did not have standing to seek the partnership’s dissolution, explaining: In support of their position, the respondents rely on Salter v... Read more »