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Current Developments in the Commercial Divisions of the
New York State Courts by Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP

Posts Categorized: Commercial

Posted: April 5, 2014

Compliance with Notice and Cure Provision Condition Precedent to Bringing Suit

On March 28, 2014, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Accadia Site Contracting, Inc. v. Erie County Water Authority, 2014 NY Slip Op. 02194, affirming the dismissal of a breach of contract claim for failure to provide notice and an opportunity to cure. In Accadia Site Contracting, the plaintiff sought to excuse its failure... Read more »

Posted: April 5, 2014

Agency Agreement Within the Statute of Frauds

On March 26, 2014, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC v. Rivera, 2014 NY Slip Op. 50458(U), dismissing claims against TV personality Geraldo Rivera on Statute of Fraud grounds. In William Morris, the plaintiff, the well-known William Morris talent agency, sued its former client... Read more »

Posted: April 3, 2014

Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Change to Commercial Division Rules

The Office of Court Administration has asked for public comment on another proposed change to the rules of the Commercial Division. Generally, the proposal: seeks to promote more efficient, cost-effective pretrial disclosure by establishing a “preference” in the Commercial Division for the use of “categorical designations” rather than document-by-document logging. The parties would be expected to... Read more »

Posted: April 3, 2014

Motion to Disqualify Granted Despite Absence of “Significant Harm”

On March 28, 2014, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Mayers v. Stone Castle Partners, LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 50461(U), granting the plaintiff’s motion to disqualify a law firm from representing the defendants. In Mayers, the plaintiff’s motion was premised upon a conversation the plaintiff had with... Read more »

Posted: April 2, 2014

Lost Re-sale Profits Recoverable as General Damages When Those Profits Were Contemplated By the Contract

On March 27, 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Biotronik A.G. v. Conor Medsystems Ireland, Ltd., 2014 NY Slip Op. 02101, holding that the plaintiff’s lost re-sale profits were recoverable as “general damages” on a claim for breach of a distribution contract and did not fall within a contract provision that eliminated liability... Read more »

Posted: April 1, 2014

Court of Appeals Rules That Limitations Period for Judiciary Law § 487 Claims is Six Years

On April 1, 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Melcher v. Greenberg Traurig, 2014 NY Slip Op. 02213, holding that the limitations period for claims under Judiciary Law § 487 is six years. “Judiciary Law § 487 exposes an attorney who is guilty of any deceit or collusion, or consents to any... Read more »

Posted: April 1, 2014

Financial Advisor’s Claims Dismissed on Statute of Fraud Grounds

On March 25, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in JF Capital Advisors, LLC v. Lightstone Group, LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 01984, affirming the dismissal of quantum meruit and unjust enrichment claims under the statute of frauds. In JF Capital Advisors, the plaintiff (“an investment advisory firm composed of hotel and hospitality industry experts”) alleged that... Read more »

Posted: March 31, 2014

Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Veil-Piercing Claim

On March 19, 2014, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Webmediabrands, Inc. v. Latinvision, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30700(U), granting plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment piercing the defendants’ corporate veil. In Webmediabrands, the plaintiffs were judgment creditors of defendant Latinvision (“LVI”) who sued LVI’s principal shareholder, officer and... Read more »