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Posted: October 31, 2013

Existence of Fiduciary Duty Depends on Role in Which Party is Acting

On October 30, 2013, the Second Department issued a decision in Varveris v. Zacharakos, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 07028, examining when a corporate officer/director owes a fiduciary duty to the corporation’s shareholders. In Varveris, the defendant was “a director, officer, shareholder, and managing agent of” a close corporation of which plaintiff was a shareholder. Defendant purchased... Read more »

Posted: October 30, 2013

Res Judicata Bars Claims Arising During Prior Lawsuit

On October 29, 2013, the First Department issued a decision in Jumax Assoc. v. 350 Cabrini Owners Corp., 2013 NY Slip Op. 06992, illustrating the scope of the doctrine of res judicata. Jumax had previously commenced an action in 2002 seeking to recover fees that had been paid to defendant co-op pursuant to a license... Read more »

Posted: October 29, 2013

Documentary Evidence Refutes Allegation that Defendant was Party to Contract

On October 16, 2013, the Second Department issued a decision in Kalmon Dolgin Affiliates, Inc. v. Tonacchio, 2013 NY Slip Op. 06660, illustrating the importance of the documentary evidence prong of a motion to dismiss and its usefulness in dismissing a claim at the beginning of an action. In Kalmon Dolgin, the Second Department partially... Read more »

Posted: October 24, 2013

“Notwithstanding” Clause Controls Contract Even When It Reads Other Term Out of the Contract

On October 22, 2013, the First Department issued a decision in Warburg Opportunistic Trading Fund, L.P. v. GeoResources, Inc., 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 06826, holding that a “notwithstanding” clause trumps all other clauses in a contract, even when that clause would effectively read another clause out of the agreement. The appeal arose out of seemingly inconsistent... Read more »

Posted: October 21, 2013

Ten Questions for Justice Warshawsky

In an effort to foster communication between the Commercial Division bench and bar, from time to time we will be posting interviews with sitting or retired Commercial Division justices and court staff. Retired Nassau County Commercial Division Justice Ira B. Warshawsky has graciously agreed to serve as our inaugural interviewee from his new home at Meyer Suozzi English... Read more »

Posted: October 20, 2013

Equitable Claims Defeat Jury Demand

On October 17, 2013, Justice Bucaria of the Nassau County Commercial Division issued a decision in National Grid Corporate Services, LLC v. LeSchack & Grodensky, P.C., 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 23354, highlighting a significant procedural difference between litigating commercial cases in New York’s state and federal courts: which claims can be tried by a judge... Read more »

Posted: October 20, 2013

Assignees of Purchaser of Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities Lack Standing to Sue and Assignor Failed to Adequately Plead Fraud Damages

On October 16, 2013, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Dexia SA/NV v. Morgan Stanley, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 51696(U), dismissing on the pleadings causes of action sounding in common-law fraud brought against the underwriters and sponsors of residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) by both the entity that purchased... Read more »