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Posted: May 9, 2014

Commercial Division Rules Amended to Add Rules for Accelerated Adjudication

The Chief Administrative Judge has signed an order amending the rules of the Commercial Division by adding a new rule relating to accelerated adjudication. The new rule, Rule 9, which takes effect on June 2, 2014, provides: Rule 9. Accelerated Adjudication Actions. (a) This rule is applicable to all actions, except to class actions brought... Read more »

Posted: May 9, 2014

Failure Timely to File for Class Certification Mandates Denial of Certification

On April 30, 2014, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Egan v. Telomerase Activation Sciences, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31176(U), denying a motion for class certification as untimely. In Egan, the plaintiffs commenced an action on July 23, 2012. The defendants answered on October 3, 2012, asserting affirmative... Read more »

Posted: May 9, 2014

Fraud on the Court Must be Proved by Clear and Convincing Evidence

On May 8, 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in CDR Creances S.A.S. v. Cohen, 2014 NY Slip Op. 03294, adopting a “clear and convincing evidence” standard for motions to strike an adversary’s pleadings under CPLR 3126. CDR Creances S.A.S., concerned theft of loan funds by diverting them to fictitious entities. After two... Read more »

Posted: May 8, 2014

Minor Amendment to a Complaint Proves Fatal to Plaintiff’s Case

On May 6, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Healthcare I.Q., LLC v. Tsai Chung Chao, 2014 NY Slip Op. 03216, reversing a decision of the New York County Commercial Division and granting summary judgment to the defendant on a previsously-waived affirmative defense that the defendant had asserted in response to an amended complaint.... Read more »

Posted: May 7, 2014

Bank Must Honor Cashier’s Check Absent Fraud or Check Being Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed

On May 6, 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Golden v. Citibank, N.A., 2014 NY Slip Op. 03192, holding that a bank must honor its cashier’s checks “unless there is evidence of fraud, or the check is lost, stolen, or destroyed.” The background to the court’s brief opinion can be found in the Second Department’s... Read more »

Posted: May 6, 2014

Defamation Claim Dismissed Because Not Pled With Particularity

On April 23, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Patterson v. Wilhelmina Intl., Ltd., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31092(U), dismissing a defamation claim because it was not pled with particularity. In Patterson, the defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s defamation claim. The court granted the motion because... Read more »

Posted: May 5, 2014

Evidence Inadmissible Under Dead Man’s Statute Admissible In Opposition to Summary Judgment

On March 31, 2014, Justice Schmidt of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Peck v. Mitchell, 2014 NY Slip Op. 50715(U), applying the Dead Man’s Statute on a motion for summary judgment. In Peck, the plaintiff asserted claims relating to ownership of her home. The defendant moved for summary judgment on the plaintiff’s... Read more »

Posted: May 4, 2014

Action Transferred to Civil Court After Summary Judgment Limits Damages

On April 23, 2014, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Saxon Technologies, LLC v. Wesley Clover Solutions-North America, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31056(U), transferring an action to Civil Court after determining on a motion for summary judgment that the plaintiff’s damages were limited to less than $3,000. In Saxon... Read more »

Posted: May 3, 2014

No Fraud Without Justifiable Reliance on Alleged Misrepresentation

On May 1, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Mosaic Caribe, Ltd. v. AllSettled Group, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 03024, dismissing a fraud claim because the alleged reliance was not justifiable. In Mosaic Caribe, the First Department affirmed the denial of the plaintiff’s motion to amend. Among the issues the First Department addressed... Read more »