Posts Categorized: Fraud/Misrepresentation

Posted: June 7, 2021

Allegations of Plaintiff’s Due Diligence Sufficient to Establish its Reasonable Reliance Necessary to State Fraud Claim

On May 27, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in Bullen v. CohnReznick, LLP, 2021 NY Slip Op. 03369, holding that allegations of the plaintiff’s due diligence were sufficient to establish that the plaintiff’s reliance on the defendant’s misrepresentations was reasonable, explaining: Plaintiffs also sufficiently alleged the element of reasonable reliance. They allegedly took... Read more »

Posted: May 26, 2021

Fraudulent Inducement Claim Survives Despite Defendant’s Argument That Plaintiff Failed to Exercise Due Diligence

On May 25, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in VXI Lux Holdco, S.A.R.L. v. SIC Holdings, LLC, 2021 NY Slip Op. 03294, upholding a fraudulent inducement claim despite the defendant’s argument that the plaintiff failed to exercise due diligence, explaining: Plaintiff alleges that the $3 million tax underpayment, which was an unaccounted expense,... Read more »

Posted: May 23, 2021

Fraud Claim Cannot be Based on Misrepresentations of an Intention to Perform a Contract

On May 13, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in 320 W. 115 Realty LLC v. All Bldg. Constr. Corp., 2021 NY Slip Op. 03107, holding that a fraud claim cannot be based on the misrepresentation of an intent to perform an agreement, explaining: In support of the fraudulent inducement claim, plaintiff’s main allegations... Read more »

Posted: May 5, 2021

Misrepresentations Causing Investor Not to Sell a Security (Holder Claims) Not Actionable Under New York Law

On April 22, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in Feinberg v. Marathon Patent Group Inc., 2021 NY Slip Op. 02452, holding that holder claims are not actionable under New York law, explaining: We also find that the court correctly dismissed the state law claims for common-law fraud and negligent misrepresentation, which are “holder”... Read more »

Posted: February 24, 2021

Conclusory Allegations Insufficient Basis for Judiciary Law 487 Claim

On February 10, 2021, the Second Department issued a decision in Cordell Marble Falls, LLC v. Kelly, 2021 NY Slip Op. 00833, holding that conclusory allegations were an insufficient basis for a Judiciary Law 487 claim, explaining: Under Judiciary Law § 487(1), an attorney who is guilty of any deceit or collusion, or consents to... Read more »

Posted: February 20, 2021

State AG Can Bring Breach of Contract Claim Against Investment Advisor Under Parens Patriae

On February 4, 2021, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in People v. Allen, 2021 NY Slip Op. 30334(U), holding that the state Attorney General can bring a breach of contract claim against an investment advisor, explaining: [D]efendants argue that their alleged conduct at most constitutes a breach of... Read more »

Posted: January 28, 2021

Fraud Claim Fails for Lack of Justifiable Reliance

On January 19, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in United Natural Foods, Inc. v. Goldman Sachs Group, 2021 NY Slip Op. 00276, holding that a fraud claim failed for lack of justifiable reliance, explaining: The fraud claim was properly dismissed because plaintiff did not sufficiently plead justifiable reliance. Plaintiff could have asked follow-up... Read more »

Posted: January 26, 2021

Non-Consumer Can Bring GBL 349 Claim if Public at Large Has Been Harmed

On January 19, 2021, the First Department issued a decision in KS Trade LLC v. International Gemological Inst., Inc., 2021 NY Slip Op. 00259, holding that a non-consumer can bring GBL 349 claims if the public at large has been harmed, explaining: The court properly upheld the claim under GBL 349 against defendants International Gemological... Read more »

Posted: December 25, 2020

Fraud Claims Dismissed for Failure to Perform Due Diligence

On December 15, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in MBF Clearing Corp. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 2020 NY Slip Op. 07504, dismissing fraud-based claims for lack of due diligence, explaining: The fraudulent misrepresentation claims do not allege justifiable reliance on the alleged misrepresentations. Plaintiff, a sophisticated party, could readily have determined for... Read more »

Posted: December 24, 2020

Fraud Claim Time-Barred Because Plaintiff Was on Inquiry Notice More Than Two Years Before Suit Filed

On December 8, 2020, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Ambac Assur. Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op. 34044(U), holding that a fraud claim was time-barred because the plaintiff was on inquiry notice of its claim more than two years before the suit was... Read more »