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Posts Categorized: Motion to Dismiss; Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings

Posted: May 6, 2014

Defamation Claim Dismissed Because Not Pled With Particularity

On April 23, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Patterson v. Wilhelmina Intl., Ltd., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31092(U), dismissing a defamation claim because it was not pled with particularity. In Patterson, the defendant moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s defamation claim. The court granted the motion because... Read more »

Posted: May 3, 2014

No Fraud Without Justifiable Reliance on Alleged Misrepresentation

On May 1, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Mosaic Caribe, Ltd. v. AllSettled Group, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 03024, dismissing a fraud claim because the alleged reliance was not justifiable. In Mosaic Caribe, the First Department affirmed the denial of the plaintiff’s motion to amend. Among the issues the First Department addressed... Read more »

Posted: April 28, 2014

Damages Limitations Clause Enforceable Even When it Leaves Plaintiff Without a Remedy

On April 14, 2014, Justice Pines of the Suffolk County Commercial Division issued a decision in J. Petrocelli Contracting, Inc. v. The Morganti Group, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 31024(U), dismissing a claim based on construction delays where the parties’ contract excluded such claims. In J. Petrocelli Contracting, the plaintiff (as subcontractor) entered into a subcontract agreement with the... Read more »

Posted: April 20, 2014

Malicious Prosecution and Abuse of Process Claims Dismissed for Failure to Meet Heavy Pleading Burden

On April 8, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Khandalavala v. Artsindia.com, LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 30939(U), explaining the legal standards applicable to counterclaims for malicious prosecution and abuse of process. In an action brought by investors alleging mismanagement of an art investment fund, the defendants... Read more »

Posted: April 5, 2014

Compliance with Notice and Cure Provision Condition Precedent to Bringing Suit

On March 28, 2014, the Fourth Department issued a decision in Accadia Site Contracting, Inc. v. Erie County Water Authority, 2014 NY Slip Op. 02194, affirming the dismissal of a breach of contract claim for failure to provide notice and an opportunity to cure. In Accadia Site Contracting, the plaintiff sought to excuse its failure... Read more »

Posted: March 4, 2014

Unjust Enrichment Claim Viable Even Though Defendant Committed No Wrongful Act Against the Defendant

On February 26, 2014, the Second Department issued a decision in Alan B. Greenfield, M.D., P.C. v. Beach Imaging Holdings, LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 01285, reversing the dismissal of an unjust enrichment claim. In Greenfield, the trial court dismissed the plaintiff’s claim for unjust enrichment. The Second Department reversed, ruling that: The essential inquiry... Read more »

Posted: March 1, 2014

Settlement Term Sheet Enforceable Despite Statement That Formal Papers Would Be Executed

On February 27, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Trolman v. Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman, P.C., 2014 NY Slip Op. 01396, affirming the enforcement of a settlement term sheet, explaining: The motion court properly determined that the handwritten memorandum executed following mediation between the parties was a binding and enforceable settlement agreement, and not... Read more »

Posted: February 23, 2014

Complaint to Reform Contract Dismissed for Failure to Join All Parties to Contract

On February 5, 2014, New York County Commercial Division Justice Bransten issued a decision in Oppenheimerfunds, Inc. v. TD Bank, N.A., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30379(U), granting a motion to dismiss for failure to join necessary parties. Oppenheimerfunds arose from a liquidation relating to an ethanol plant, of which plaintiffs were subordinate bondholders. The plaintiffs alleged... Read more »

Posted: February 19, 2014

Court Grants Reargument When it Fails to Address Argument Made in Footnote

On February 6, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Eden Roc, LLLP v. Marriott International, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30377(U), granting a motion for reargument. In Eden Roc, the trial court denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss with respect to the plaintiff’s cause of action for... Read more »

Posted: February 18, 2014

Case Against New Jersey Defendants Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

On February 18, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in SunLight General Capital LLC v. CJS Investments Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 01118, affirming a dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction. In SunLight General Capital, the defendants, “CJS” and “Clean Solar,” were “New Jersey entities, with offices and employees located solely within the State of New Jersey, and... Read more »