Posts Categorized: Evidence

Posted: August 22, 2020

Defense Barred by Tax Estoppel

On August 20, 2020, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Rizzo v. National Vacuum Corp., 2020 NY Slip Op. 04693, holding that defendants were prevented by the doctrine of tax estoppel from denying that the plaintiff owned the percentage of the company reflected in the tax returns the defendants prepared, explaining: A party to... Read more »

Posted: July 12, 2020

Statements Made Counsel in an Internal Investigation Upon Which a Party Later Relied Are Party Admissions

On July 9, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in Angiolillo v. Christie’s, Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op. 03848, holding that statements made by a defendant’s counsel in an internal investigation upon which the defendant later relied were party admissions, explaining: The unequivocal statements by Christie’s outside counsel, set forth in the investigation documents,... Read more »

Posted: March 23, 2020

Judge Garaufis Grants In Part Motion to Preclude Transcript of 911 Call Where Victim Described Being Shot and Identified the Shooter

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner In a fact pattern echoing a law school Evidence Exam, Judge Garaufis granted in part and denied in part competing motions in limine regarding admissibility of an emergency 911 call where the victim described being shot by the defendant. United States v. Shipp, 19 CR 29 (E.D.N.Y. Mar.... Read more »

Posted: February 25, 2020

Plaintiff Not Entitled to Summary Judgment on Guaranty When it Could Not Be Authenticated by a Disinterested Witness

On February 13, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in Galpern v. Air Chefs, L.L.C., 2020 NY Slip Op. 01021, holding that a plaintiff was not entitled to summary judgment on a guaranty because it could not be authenticated by a disinterested witness, explaining: As for defendants’ arguments under the dead man’s statute, plaintiff... Read more »

Posted: September 19, 2019

First Department Approves Sampling in RMBS Actions

On September 17, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Home Equity Mtge. Trust Series 2006-1 v DLJ Mtge. Capital, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 06576, holding that sampling was appropriate to determine both liability and damages in RMBS put-back actions, explaining: The court correctly granted plaintiffs’ motion and denied defendant’s motion regarding the... Read more »

Posted: September 19, 2018

Court Grants Adverse Inference on Summary Judgment for Assertion of Fifth Amendment Rights

On September 5, 2018, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Knox, LLC v. Lakian, 2018 NY Slip Op. 32191(U), granting an adverse inference against a party that asserted its Fifth Amendment rights, explaining: Plaintiffs also ask this Court to draw a negative inference against Mr, Lakian. During Mr. Lakian’s deposition... Read more »

Posted: February 16, 2018

Magistrate Judge Orenstein Denies Government Motion to Bar Subpoena Recipient From Disclosing Existence of Subpoena And Directs That Future Requests To Seal Such Motions Be Of Limited Duration

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner Magistrate Judge James Orenstein continues his series of influential rulings on electronic surveillance and evidence gathering. (In re Grand Jury Subpoena, 18-MC-0334 (E.D.N.Y. Feb. 5, 2018) (JO)). In this recent ruling, Magistrate Judge Orenstein denied a government request under the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2701, et... Read more »

Posted: September 12, 2015

Judgment Debtor Bound By Information on Original Tax Returns, Not Later-Amended Returns

On August 31, 2015, Justice Singh of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of Northwest 5th & 45th Realty Corp. v. Mitchell, Maxwell & Jackson, Inc., 2015 NY Slip Op. 31660(U), holding that a judgment debtor was bound by the information contained in his federal tax returns as originally filed... Read more »