Posts Categorized: Indemnification and Advancement

Posted: August 9, 2019

Indemnification Provision Insufficiently Specific to Support Claim in Action Between Contracting Parties

On July 29, 2019, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Barnett v. Seth Berkowitz Serve U Brands Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 32257(U), holding that an indemnification provision was insufficiently specific to support a claim for attorneys’ fees in an action between the contracting parties, explaining: Defendants assert... Read more »

Posted: July 1, 2019

Failure to Give Required Notice Doomed Indemnification Claim

On June 24, 2019, Justice Risi of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in Quantum Servicing Corp. v. First Madison Servs. LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 51022(U), holding that the failure to give the required notice doomed a claim for contractual indemnification, explaining: In Conergics Corp. v. Dearborn Mid-W. Conveyor Co., the seller... Read more »

Posted: June 11, 2019

Public Policy Does Not Bar Indemnification for Prior Criminal Acts

On June 3, 2019, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Arici v. Poma, 2019 NY Slip Op. 31586(U),  holding that public policy does not bar indemnification for prior criminal acts, explaining: Defendant argues that the SPA obligates Plaintiff to indemnify Defendant for damages associated with that tax crime... Read more »

Posted: April 30, 2019

Presentation on D&O Insurance Coverage for City Bar White Collar Crime Committee

Posted by Bradley Nash, Litigation Partner This evening at 6, I will be making a presentation to the White Collar Crime Committee of the New York City Bar on D&O Coverage for White Collar Defense Attorneys.  I will be discussing insurance coverage issues in the Platinum Partners hedge fund case, which is now on trial in the Eastern... Read more »

Posted: March 19, 2019

Common Law Indemnification Claims Dismissed For Lack of Vicarious Liability or Fault

On March 1, 2019, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Stone & Broad Inc. v. Nextel of N.Y., Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 30527(U), dismissing common-law indemnification claims for lack of vicarious liability or fault, explaining: Nextel argues that the Second Cause of Action must be dismissed because Stone’s... Read more »

Posted: December 15, 2018

Common-Law Indemnification Unavailable to Defendant Seeking a Recovery for its Own Wrongdoing

On November 30, 2018, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial division issued a decision in Board of Mgrs. of the 650 Sixth Ave. Condominium v. K-W 650 Assoc. LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op. 33050(U), holding the common-law indemnification was not available to a defendant seeking a recovery for its own wrongdoing, explaining: [C]ommon-law... Read more »

Posted: October 18, 2018

No Additional Insured or “Insured Contract” Coverage under CGL Policy Where Injuries Not Proximately Caused by the Named Insured

On October 5, 2018, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Pioneer Cent. Sch. Dist. v. Preferred Mut. Ins. Co., 2018 NY Slip Op 06682, holding that a school district was not entitled to coverage under a cleaning company’s CGL policy – either as an additional insured or as the named insured’s contractual indemnitee –... Read more »

Posted: October 12, 2018

Court Rejects Claims for Common Law Indemnification and Contribution

On September 25, 2018, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Foremost Contr. & Bldg., LLC v. Go Cat Go, LLC, 2018 NY Slip Op. 32381(U), rejecting claims for common law indemnification and contribution, explaining: In the amended third-party complaint, the developer defendants seek common law indemnification and common... Read more »

Posted: April 9, 2018

Claim for Common Law Indemnification Must Be Based on an Agent’s Negligence, Not Breach of Contract

On March 29, 2018, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in W. & M. Operating, L.L.C. v. Bakhshi, 2018 NY Slip Op. 30542(U), dismissing a claim for common law indemnification, explaining: Kay and Stiller correctly argue that neither may be held liable for common law indemnification. The principle of... Read more »

Posted: April 3, 2018

First Department Denies Motion to Stay Order Directing Excess Insurers to Advance Defense Costs

This blog previously covered Justice Sherwood’s decision in Freedom Specialty Ins. Co. v. Platinum Mgt. (NY), LLC, 2017 NY Slip Op 32728(U), which granted a preliminary injunction directing three excess D&O insurers to advance attorneys’ fees and costs for the defense of a securities fraud prosecution and a related SEC enforcement action.  (N.B. I represent one of the insureds... Read more »