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Posts Categorized: Discovery/Disclosure

Posted: December 12, 2019

Discovery on Defendant’s Motive for Breaching Contract Denied

On December 3, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Bersin Props., LLC v. Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 08641, denying discovery on a defendant’s motive for breaching a contract, explaining: Supreme Court providently exercised its discretion in denying plaintiff’s discovery requests. Here, plaintiff sought discovery regarding defendant’s motives and... Read more »

Posted: December 9, 2019

Striking Answer and Dismissal of Counterclaims as Discovery Sanction Upheld

On November 27, 2019, the Second Department issued a decision in Sparakis v. Gozzer Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op. 08590, upholding striking an answer and dismissing counterclaims as a discovery sanction, explaining: In July 2016, the plaintiffs served the defendants with a request for production of documents. The defendants did not respond to this demand... Read more »

Posted: November 22, 2019

Court Should Have Granted Source Code Attorneys’ Eyes Only Protection

On November 12, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in BEC Capital, LLC v. Bistrovic, 2019 NY Slip Op. 08144, holding that a court should have granted source code attorneys’ eyes only protection, explaining: The production of defendants’ source code, which is a trade secret, should have been ordered to be produced for “attorneys... Read more »

Posted: September 11, 2019

Insurer’s Claims-Handling Documents Not Privileged Even If Prepared By Attorneys

On August 30, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Otsuka Am., Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Ins. Co., Index No. 650463/2019, ruling that coverage opinions prepared by outside counsel for an insurer are discoverable, explaining:   In the context of insurance, the payment or rejection of... Read more »

Posted: August 26, 2019

Court Denies Motion to Compel Because Discovery Sought Not Material and Necessary

On August 12, 2019, Justice Cohen of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in GCS Second Ave. Owner LLC v. Merchants Hospitality Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 32418(U), denying a motion to compel because the discovery sought was not material and necessary, explaining: The documents belatedly requested by Defendants are not material... Read more »

Posted: August 10, 2019

Discovery Sanctions Denied for Failure to Explain in Detail Movant’s Efforts to Resolve the Dispute

On August 7, 2019, the Second Department issued a decision in Bronstein v. Charm City Hous., LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 06058, denying discovery sanctions because of the movant’s failure to explain in detail its efforts to resolve the dispute, explaining: Pursuant to 22 NYCRR 202.7(a) and (c), a motion relating to disclosure must be... Read more »

Posted: July 11, 2019

Court Refuses to Impose PSLRA Stay on Securities Act Action Pending in Commercial Division

On July 1, 2019, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of PPDAI Group Sec. Litig., 2019 NY Slip Op. 51075(U), refusing to impose a PSLRA stay on a Securities Act action pending in the Commercial Division, explaining: According to Moving Defendants, Plaintiffs should not be permitted to... Read more »

Posted: July 6, 2019

Party Ordered to Pay Opponent’s Cost of Compelling Discovery As Sanction for Failing to Obey Discovery Orders

On June 14, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Borremans v. JG Worldwide LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 31772(U), ordering a party that failed to obey discovery orders to pay the costs of its opponent’s motions to compel, explaining: If the credibility of court orders and the... Read more »