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Posted: June 22, 2018

Statute of Frauds Exception for Contract to Pay Lawyer for Negotiating Sale of Business Does Not Require Attorney-Client Relationship

On June 12, 2018, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Wiesen v. Potter, 2018 NY Slip Op. 31197(U), holding that the exception to the statute of frauds for contracts to pay a lawyer to negotiate the sale of a business does not require an attorney-client relationship, explaining: To… Read more »

Posted: May 25, 2018

Breach of Contract Action Barred by Contract’s Mandatory Mediation Provision

On May 24, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Korangy v. Malone, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03767, holding that a breach of contract claim was barred by a contract’s mandatory mediation provision, explaining: The motion court correctly dismissed the breach of contract cause of action, as under the plain language of the operating… Read more »

Posted: May 22, 2018

Court Erred in Considering Extrinsic Evidence in Interpreting an Unambiguous Agreement

On May 16, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in World Ambulette Transportation, Inc. v. Lee, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03560, holding that the trial court erred in considering extrinsic evidence in interpreting an unambiguous agreement, explaining: [W]e disagree with the Supreme Court to the extent that it determined that the parties’ written agreement… Read more »

Posted: May 13, 2018

Court Dismisses Claim Based on Theory That Defendant Was a Third-Party Beneficiary of Contract

On May 7, 2018, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Labor Law 240 Risk Management, LLC v. CRC Insurance Services, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 30859(U), dismissing a claim based on a third-party beneficiary theory, explaining: Acknowledging it is not a party to the MPA, plaintiff LL240RM contends… Read more »

Posted: May 7, 2018

Failure to Use Contract’s Pre-Suit Dispute Resolution Process Dooms Claim

On May 3, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in MPEG LA, L.L.C. v America Information Systems, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 03210, dismissing a claim for failure to use a pre-suit audit procedure, explaining: The claim that Toshiba under-reported and underpaid royalties under the parties’ license agreement was correctly dismissed because plaintiff failed… Read more »

Posted: May 3, 2018

Specific Performance on Real Estate Contract Inappropriate Where No Evidence of Plaintiff’s Ability to Close

On April 18, 2018, Justice Ash of the Kings County Commercial Division issued a decision in Silvershore Props. LLC v. Dunning, 2018 NY Slip Op. 30715(U), denying specific performance of a contract to sell real property, explaining: Typically, a contract is not breached until the time set for performance has expired. To prevail on a… Read more »