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Posts Categorized: Fraud/Misrepresentation

Posted: March 27, 2020

Fraud Claim Regarding Company’s Legal Status Fails for Lack of Due Diligence; Status Was Available to Public on Government Website

On March 6, 2020, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Next Fabrics, LLC v. Jomar Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op. 30693(U), holding that a fraud claim based on misrepresentations regarding a company’s incorporation status failed for lack of due diligence because the company’ status was publicly-available, explaining: The... Read more »

Posted: March 15, 2020

Securities Act Sections 11 and 12 Claims in State Court Not Required to be Plead with Particularity

On February 26, 2020, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of PPDAI Group Sec. Litig. v. XXX, 2020 NY Slip Op. 50285(U), holding that Securities Act Sections 11 and 12 claims brought in New York state court did not have to be plead with particularity under CPLR... Read more »

Posted: February 29, 2020

Merger Clause Defeats Fraudulent Inducement Claim

On February 6, 2020, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Gottwald v. Sebert, 2020 NY Slip Op. 30347(U), holding that a merger clause defeated a fraudulent inducement claim, explaining: Kesha’s claim that she was fraudulently induced to enter into the KMI Agreement based on Gottwald’s promise to renegotiate... Read more »

Posted: January 10, 2020

Fraud Claim Dismissed; Plaintiff’s Reliance on Alleged Misrepresentations was Unreasonable Due to Plaintiff’s Failure to Exercise Due Diligence

On December 26, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Unique Goals Intl., Ltd. v. Finskiy, 2019 NY Slip Op. 09381, affirming the dismissal of a fraud claim because the plaintiff’s reliance on the alleged representations was unreasonable, explaining: We affirm the dismissal of the fraud cause of action on the ground that the... Read more »

Posted: December 23, 2019

Trial Court Properly Declined to Decide Issue of Reasonable Reliance on Summary Judgment

On December 17, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale v. Tilton, 2019 NY Slip Op. 08965, holding that a trial court properly declined to decide the question of a plaintiff’s reasonable reliance on summary judgment, explaining: Summary judgment is precluded by issues of fact as to whether plaintiffs’ losses were... Read more »

Posted: November 16, 2019

Aiding and Abetting Fraud Claim Fails for Lack of Evidence of Substantial Assistance

On October 29, 2019, Justice Masley of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Vincent V Hodes Family Irrevocable Trust v. Advance Entertainment LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 33233(U), holding that an aiding and abetting fraud claim failed for lack of evidence of substantial assistance in the alleged fraud, explaining: In order... Read more »

Posted: October 13, 2019

Fraud Claim Cannot be Based on Alleged Intention Not to Perform Contract

On September 25, 2019, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Roy Food & Wine LLC v. Meregalli, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32875(U), dismissing a fraud claim based on an alleged misrepresentation of an intention to perform a contract, explaining: To state a cause of action for fraud, a... Read more »

Posted: October 12, 2019

Court Dismisses Federal Securities Fraud Claims

On September 26, 2019, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Matter of Densply Sirona, Inc. v. XXX, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32849(U), dismissing federal securities fraud claims, explaining: I find that Plaintiffs’ statements concerning competition and the scope and prospects of Dentsply’s and Sirona’s business are expressions of... Read more »

Posted: August 8, 2019

Alleged Misrepresentation Regarding Future Performance Insufficient to Support Claim for Fraudulent Inducement

On July 8, 2019, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Gluck v. Rosania, 2019 NY Slip Op. 32085(U), holding that alleged misrepresentations regarding future performance were insufficient to support a claim for fraudulent inducement, explaining: To state a claim for fraudulent inducement, the complaint must allege that the... Read more »

Posted: July 30, 2019

Merger Clause That Lacked Specificity Needed to Bar Fraud Claims

On July 15, 2019, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Doctors Allergy Formula, LLC v. Valeant Pharm. Intl., 2019 NY Slip Op. 32064(U), holding that a merger clause lacked the specificity needed to bar fraud claims, explaining: As a threshold issue, Valeant argues that plaintiffs fraud claims are... Read more »