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

Posted: February 7, 2014

Defendants Succeed in Limiting Most of the Categories of Damages in Lawsuit; Punitive Damages Claim Survives

On January 23, 2014, Justice Marks of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Johnson v. Rose, 2014 NY Slip Op. 30262(U), limiting the categories of damages available in that action. In Johnson, the plaintiffs brought “fraud, legal malpractice and other claims” against a law firm and two of its partners “arising... Read more »

Posted: February 6, 2014

Motion to Dismiss May be Used to Limit Damages Theories Even if Claims Survive

On February 5, 2014, the Second Department issued a decision in Hecht v. Andover Associates Management Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 00632, discussing the dismissal of damages claims on a motion to dismiss. Hecht is one of the myriad cases relating to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. One of the defendants in Hecht, an independent auditor,... Read more »

Posted: February 4, 2014

Landlord’s Alleged Role in Frustrating Achievement of Contract’s Purpose Allows Claim for Breach of Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing to Survive Motion to Dismiss

On January 22, 2014, Justice Kornreich of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Gelita, LLC v. 133 Second Ave., LLC, 2014 NY Slip Op. 50064(U), refusing to dismiss a claim for breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Among the many claims brought by the plaintiff that the... Read more »

Posted: February 1, 2014

Derivative Action Dismissed for Failure Adequately to Plead Demand Futility

On January 21, 2014, Justice Kapnick of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Kebis v. Azzurro Capital Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 30171(U), dismissing a derivative action for failure adequately to plead demand futility. In Kebis, the plaintiff brought a derivative action against a corporation’s board of directors alleging “breaches of fiduciary duties... Read more »

Posted: January 7, 2014

Failure To Comply With Pre-Suit Notice Requirement Nullifies Action

On January 3, 2014, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Home Equity Asset Trust 2006-5 (Heat 2006-5) v. DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 50001(U), granting a motion to dismiss under the statute of limitations. The court rejected the defendant’s first argument–that the summonses with notice... Read more »

Posted: December 20, 2013

Legal Malpractice Claim Survives Despite No Allegation of Attorney-Client Relationship

On December 18, 2013, the Second Department issued a decision in Mr. San, LLC v. Zucker & Kwestel, LLP, 2013 NY Slip Op. 08416, holding that, in exceptional circumstances, a legal malpractice claim can survive a motion to dismiss despite the lack of an attorney-client relationship. The Second Department’s opinion was brief: While the complaint... Read more »

Posted: December 17, 2013

Whether Liquidated Damages Clause is Unenforceable Penalty is Fact Question

On December 6, 2013, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in 412 W. 12th St. 1N LLC v. C and A Capital LLC, 2013 NY Slip Op. 33099(U), ruling that whether a liquidated damages clause was an unenforcable penalty was a fact question that could not be resolved on a... Read more »

Posted: December 13, 2013

Dispute Over Authentiticy Precludes Dismissal Based on Documentary Evidence

On December 12, 2013, the First Department issued a decision in Laurel Hill Advisory Group, LLC v. American Stock Transfer & Trust Co., LLC, 2013 NY Slip Op. 08351, illustrating one limit to a motion to dismiss based on documentary evidence: a dispute about the authenticity of the documents relied upon in the motion. In Laurel... Read more »

Posted: December 7, 2013

First Department Applies De Facto Merger Doctrine in Reversing Grant of Motion to Dismiss

On November 14, 2013, the First Department issued a decision in ePlus Group Inc. v. SNR Denton LLP, 2013 N.Y. Slip Op. 07566, applying the de facto merger doctrine. ePlus Group arose “out of the alleged breach of a lease for IT equipment and services entered into by plaintiff and the now defunct law firm of Thacher... Read more »

Posted: November 24, 2013

Leave to Re-Plead Already Dismissed Claims Denied

On November 12, 2013, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Broadway West Enterprises, Ltd. v. Doral Money, Inc., 2013 NY Slip Op. 32912(U), denying plaintiff’s motion, made shortly before the close of discovery, for leave to file a second amended complaint to supplement factual allegations contained in the... Read more »