Commercial Division Blog

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

Posts Categorized: Commercial

Posted: March 27, 2014

LLC Member Not Permitted to Withdraw From LLC

On March 12, 2014, Justice Kitzes of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in In the Matter of Kassab, Index No. 14428/2013, ruling on two pending motions in a special proceeding involving claims for judicial dissolution of two closely-held entities and related relief. This post focuses on the resolution of the respondent’s motion to... Read more »

Posted: March 26, 2014

Default Judgment Not Vacated When No Reasonable Excuse is Offered for the Default

On March 25, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Sunrise Capital Partners Management LLC v. Glattstein, 2014 NY Slip Op. 01994, affirming a default judgment. In Sunrise Capital Partners, the trial court granted the plaintiff judgment by default when the defendants failed to answer and later denied the defendants’ motion to vacate the default... Read more »

Posted: March 25, 2014

Party Bound By Discovery Stipulation Signed by His Counsel

On March 19, 2014, the Second Department issued a decision in Born to Build, LLC v. Saleh, 2014 NY Slip Op. 01703, discussing the binding nature of stipulations between counsel concerning discovery. In Born to Build, “[t]he appellant agreed, as part of a so-ordered preliminary conference stipulation and order signed by his attorney . . .... Read more »

Posted: March 24, 2014

Claim For Legal Malpractice Accrues When Client Receives Negligent Work Product

On March 6, 2014, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in XE Partners, LLC v. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, 2014 NY Slip Op. 30668(U), dismissing an action for attorney malpractice under the applicable three-year statute of limitations. XE Partners arose from legal advice the defendant law firm provided... Read more »

Posted: March 23, 2014

Denying Petitioner is Shareholder Can Constitute Oppressive Conduct Justifying Corporate Dissolution

On March 11, 2014, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Quazzo v. 9 Charlton St. Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30625(U), discussing the standard for corporate dissolution based on oppression. In Quazzo, the petitioner sought, among other things, to dissolve a New York corporation of which she claimed... Read more »

Posted: March 22, 2014

Court of Appeals Arguments of Interest for the Week of March 24, 2014

Arguments the week of March 24, 2014, in the Court of Appeals that may be of interest to Commercial Division practitioners include: Docket No. 71: Golden v. Citibank, N.A. (To be argued Tuesday, March 25, 2014) (concerning whether a bank may refuse payment on a cashier’s check on a showing that it received no consideration for issuing the... Read more »

Posted: March 21, 2014

Statute of Frauds and At-Will Employment Doctrine Bar Claim for Unpaid Commissions

On March 7, 2014, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Niyazov v. Park Fragrance, LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 30610(U), holding that a combination of the statute of frauds and the at-will employee doctrine resulted in an employee having no claim based on a unilateral change to his... Read more »

Posted: March 20, 2014

Failure to Provide Client With Engagement Letter or Notice of Right to Arbitrate Dooms Suit for Fees

On March 19, 2014, the Second Department issued a decision in Gary Friedman, P.C. v. O’Neill, 2014 NY Slip Op. 01711, affirming the dismissal of a law firm’s action for its fees. Gary Friedman, P.C. was not an appeal from a commercial case. However, the issues it addresses–the failure to provide a client with an engagement letter or... Read more »

Posted: March 19, 2014

Quantum Meruit Claim Survives Even When Contract Claim Dismissed on Statute of Frauds Grounds

On March 18, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Chapman, Spira & Carson, LLC v. Helix BioPharma Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 01685, finding that a breach of contract claim should have been dismissed on statute of frauds grounds but that a related quantum meruit claim survived. In Chapman, there was no signed writing,... Read more »