On January 23, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in BDO USA, LLP v. Phoenix Four, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 00410, illustrating the wrong way to get a case assigned to the Commercial Division. In this post, we focus on just one aspect of the BDO USA decision, plaintiff’s attempts to assign the action... Read more »
Posts Categorized: Court Rules/Procedures
The rules of the Commercial Division change from time-to-time. Currently, there are four proposed rule changes open for public comment. Proposed creation of a pilot mandatory mediation program in the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, New York County. Email comments to CommDivMedPilot@nycourts.gov by February 11, 2014. Proposed adoption of new Commercial Division Rule 9,... Read more »
On December 24, 2013, the First Department issued a decision in Kershaw v. Hospital for Special Surgery, 2013 NY Slip Op. 08548, clarifying that the CPLR-mandated deadline for filing a motion for summary judgment cannot be extended simply by styling the motion as a cross-motion to a timely made motion. Kershaw involved an appeal from a... Read more »
On November 26, 2013, the First Department issued a decision in Scirica v. Colantonio, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 07852, strictly enforcing CPLR 321(c), the rule that provides a thirty-day stay if an attorney is removed from a case. CPLR 321(c) provides: If an attorney dies, becomes physically or mentally incapacitated, or is removed, suspended or otherwise becomes disabled at any... Read more »
On November 6, 2013, Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Greystone Funding Corp. v. Kutner, 2013 NY Slip Op. 32980(U), sealing portions of the record in that action. Unlike federal courts, New York state courts rarely seal court records. Because of the importance of this issue to commercial litigators,... Read more »
On November 12, 2013, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. v. Paramount Leasehold, L.P., 2013 NY Slip Op. 32908(U), sanctioning a litigant for filling a Note of Issue and Certificate of Readiness that falsely indicated that discovery was complete. In Vladeck, the... Read more »
Justice Ramos of the New York County Commercial Division has issued supplemental part practices for international arbitration cases.
Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division recently updated his Individual Practices.