Posts Categorized: Evidence

Posted: December 17, 2020

Judge Hurley Bars Evidence of Mental Health Issues And Drug Use At Trial Of Defendant Accused Of Attempting To Provide Material Support to ISIS

Posted by Solomon N. Klein, Litigation Partner Judge Denis R. Hurley recently granted the government’s motion to preclude the defendant from presenting evidence of mental health and drug abuse at his trial – rejecting the defendant’s argument that evidence of mental health and drug abuse was relevant even in the absence of an insanity defense. ... Read more »

Posted: November 28, 2020

Affidavit Attesting to the Contents of Business Records Without Attaching the Records Inadmissible Hearsay

On November 12, 2020, the Second Department issued a decision in Countrywide Home Loans Servicing, L.P. v. Vorobyov, 2020 NY Slip Op. 06492, holding that an affidavit attesting to the content of business records without attaching them was inadmissible hearsay, explaining: Generally, in moving for summary judgment in an action to foreclose a mortgage, a... Read more »

Posted: November 9, 2020

Tax Estoppel Defeats Claim

On October 29, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in Shyer v. Shyer, 2020 NY Slip Op. 06213, holding that tax estoppel defeated a claim, explaining: In the summer of 2014, 2015, and 2016, Zyloware exercised its option to buy seven of Robert Shyer’s shares each year; it paid for each purchase over the... Read more »

Posted: September 28, 2020

Court Bars Party From Changing its Arguments Based on Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel

On September 15, 2020, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Pacific Alliance Asia Opportunity Fund L.P. v. Kwok Ho Wan, 2020 NY Slip Op. 33030(U), barring a party from changing its factual arguments on summary judgment based on the doctrine of judicial estoppel, explaining: At the outset of... Read more »

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 »