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Posted: May 12, 2018

IAS Court Did Not Err in Striking Defendants’ Pleadings as a Discovery Sanction

On May 10, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Rosengarten v. Born, 2018 NY Slip Op. 03465, affirming the striking of defendants’ pleadings as a discovery sanction, explaining: The motion court’s decision to strike, based on a finding that defendants’ conduct with respect to its discovery obligations was willful and contumacious and without… Read more »

Posted: January 20, 2018

Limited Record Before Trial Court Did Not Justify Striking Answer as Discovery Sanction

On January 17, 2018, the Second Department issued a decision in PAL Envtl. Servs., Inc. v. LJC Dismantling Corp., 2018 NY Slip Op. 00301, reversing an order granting a discovery sanction, explaining: As public policy strongly favors the resolution of actions on the merits whenever possible, the striking of a party’s pleading is a drastic… Read more »

Posted: November 28, 2017

Judge Cogan Re-Imposes Sanctions in Case of International Intrigue

District Judge Brian M. Cogan recently re-imposed sanctions on the defendants in Funk v. Belneftekhim a/k/a Concern Belneftekhim, 14 CV 0376 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 17, 2017) after the Second Circuit addressed the nuances of sanctioning parties for non-compliances with jurisdictional discovery. Of course, the term “jurisdictional discovery” is a bit of a misnomer, since a court… Read more »

Posted: October 12, 2017

RMBS Trustee Sanctioned for Using Data Sought From Quashed Subpoenas

On September 28, 2017, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Home Equity Mortgage Trust Series 2006-5 by U.S. Bank N.A. v. DLJ Mortgage Capital, Inc., 2017 NY Slip Op. 32053(U), sanctioning an RMBS trustee for using borrower data that had been sought through subpoenas that the court had… Read more »

Posted: October 5, 2017

Destroyed Evidence Presumed Relevant When it is Intentionally Deleted

On October 5, 2017, the First Department issued a decision in Zacharius v. Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017 NY Slip Op. 06995, holding that evidence is presumed to be relevant when it is intentionally destroyed, explaining: Spoliation sanctions were providently granted. The record demonstrated that plaintiff was in control of her own email account; was aware,… Read more »

Posted: August 29, 2017

Court Grants Adverse Inference Sanction for Failure Adequately to Preserve Evidence

On August 14, 2017, Justice Scarpulla of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Brook v. Peconic Bay Medical Center, 2017 NY Slip Op. 31728(U), granting an adverse inference sanction for failure adequately to preserve evidence, explaining: A party that seeks sanctions for spoliation of evidence must show that the party having… Read more »

Posted: July 8, 2017

Counsel Sanctioned for Making Multiple Motions for the Same Relief

On June 16, 2017, Justice Hudson of the Suffolk County Commercial Division issued a decision in Tricarico v. Baer, 2017 NY Slip Op. 31343(U), sanctioning counsel for bringing multiple motions for the same relief, explaining: Plaintiffs motion originally returnable September 15, 2016, seeks the same relief which was requested as part of Plaintiff’s motion originally… Read more »

Posted: June 2, 2017

Second Department Upholds Sanction Enjoining Party From Bringing New Actions Without Permission

On May 24, 2017, the Second Department issued a decision in DiSilvio v. Romanelli, 2017 NY Slip Op. 04097, upholding sanctions for abuse of judicial process, explaining: Public policy mandates free access to the courts and zealous advocacy is an essential component of our legal system. However, where there has been an abuse of judicial… Read more »