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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: February 7, 2014

Defendants Succeed in Limiting Most of the Categories of Damages in Lawsuit; Punitive Damages Claim Survives

On January 23, 2014, Justice Marks of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Johnson v. Rose, 2014 NY Slip Op. 30262(U), limiting the categories of damages available in that action. In Johnson, the plaintiffs brought “fraud, legal malpractice and other claims” against a law firm and two of its partners “arising... Read more »

Posted: February 6, 2014

Motion to Dismiss May be Used to Limit Damages Theories Even if Claims Survive

On February 5, 2014, the Second Department issued a decision in Hecht v. Andover Associates Management Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 00632, discussing the dismissal of damages claims on a motion to dismiss. Hecht is one of the myriad cases relating to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. One of the defendants in Hecht, an independent auditor,... Read more »

Posted: February 5, 2014

New York County Case Assignment Changes

The elevation of New York County Commercial Division Justice Kapnick to the First Department has resulted not just in the assignment of Justice Scarpulla to the Commercial Division, it also has resulted in the reassignment of Commercial Division and general assignment cases. The Court’s notice regarding these changes is summarized below: Justice Kapnick began her assignment to the... Read more »

Posted: February 5, 2014

Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Change to Commercial Division Rules

The Office of Court Administration has asked for public comment on yet another proposed change to the rules of the Commercial Division. In addition to the four proposed rule changes about which we posted on January 1, 2014 (the comment period already has closed for two of the four proposals), the court also is seeking public... Read more »

Posted: February 4, 2014

Landlord’s Alleged Role in Frustrating Achievement of Contract’s Purpose Allows Claim for Breach of Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing to Survive Motion to Dismiss

On January 22, 2014, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Gelita, LLC v. 133 Second Ave., LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 50064(U), refusing to dismiss a claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Among the many claims brought by the plaintiff that the... Read more »

Posted: February 3, 2014

Transcripts and Videos of Arguments in the Court of Appeals for the Weeks of January 6 and January 13 Now Available

Transcripts and videos of arguments in the Court of Appeals for the weeks of January 6 and January 13 are now available on the Court of Appeals website. On January 9, 2014, we noted three cases of interest from the oral arguments for the week of January 6: Docket No. 2: Executive Plaza, LLC v.... Read more »

Posted: February 3, 2014

Arbitration Clause in E-Mailed Terms and Conditions to Trading Account Agreement Not Sufficient to Bind Parties to Arbitration

On January 30, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Basis Yield Alpha Fund (Master) v. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 00587, affirming a trial court’s refusal to compel arbitration. In Basis Yield Alpha Fund, the defendant moved to compel arbitration based on a “document entitled ‘General Terms and Conditions’ that... Read more »

Posted: February 2, 2014

RMBS Planitiff Moves for Leave to Appeal to Court of Appeals

On December 23, 2013, we blogged about the First Department’s decision in ACE Sec. Corp. v. DB Structured Prods., Inc., 2013 NY Slip Op. 08517, which dismissed a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit as barred by the failure both to give the contractually-required notice and an opportunity to cure and to bring suit before the end of... Read more »