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Posts Categorized: Statute of Limitations/Laches

Posted: January 14, 2019

Contract Term Shortening Statute of Limitations Must Be Clear, Unambiguous, Reasonable and Fair

On December 13, 2017, Justice Paris of the Onondaga County Commercial Division issued a decision in Jesiolowski Enters., Inc. v. Data Key Holdings, LLC., 2017 NY Slip Op. 52025(U), holding that a contract term limiting the time in which to assert a claim was unenforceable because it was not clear, unambiguous, reasonable and fair, explaining: Although... Read more »

Posted: December 30, 2018

Claims Adding New Defendants Related-Back to Original Claims Even Though New Defendants Could Have Been Identified Earlier

On December 20, 2018, the Third Department issued a decision in NYAHSA Servs., Inc., Self-Insurance Trust v. People Care Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 08735, holding that claims adding new defendants related-back to the date of the original claims even though the new defendants could have been identified earlier, explaining: [I]n order to avoid dismissal, it... Read more »

Posted: December 14, 2018

Break in Representation Bars Attempt to Toll Statute of Limitations Under Continuous Representation Doctrine

On November 27, 2018, Justice Bransten of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Boesky v. Levine, 2018 NY Slip Op. 33017(U), holding that a break in representation barred an attempt to toll the statute of limitations under the continuous representation doctrine, explaining: With respect to Levine, the complaint alleges that he initially... Read more »

Posted: October 25, 2018

Recognition of Alleged Loans on Partnership Books Raises Issues of Fact Regarding Statute of Limitations Precluding Dismissal

On October 3, 2018, Justice Ostrager of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Emil LLC v. Jacobson, 2018 NY Slip Op. 32529(U), holding that recognition of alleged loans on a partnership’s books raised issues of fact regarding the statute of limitations for not repaying the loans, precluding dismissal, explaining: Loans which have... Read more »

Posted: October 15, 2018

When Accounting Firm Agreed to Respond to Audit Letter, Continuous Representation Doctrine Preserved Professional Malpractice Claims Relating to Original Return

On October 2, 2018, the First Department issued a decision in Lemle v. Regen, Benz & MacKenzie, C.P.A’s, P.C., 2018 NY Slip Op. 06487, holding that when an accounting firm agreed to respond to an audit letter, the continuous representation doctrine preserved professional malpractice claims related to the audited return, explaining: Without any new engagement by plaintiff,... Read more »

Posted: August 20, 2018

Claims Barred by Contract’s One-Year Limitations Period to Make Claims

On August 10, 2018, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in MWW Group Holding Co., LLC v. Marcum LLP, 2018 NY Slip Op. 31921(U), holding the claims were time-barred under a contract’s one-year limitations period to assert claims, explaining: The one-year statute of limitations clause in the engagement agreement... Read more »

Posted: August 2, 2018

Fraud Claim Held Untimely Even Under Two-Year Discovery Rule

On July 23, 2018, Justice Platkin of the Albany County Commercial Division issued a decision in Essepian v. United Group of Companies, Inc., 2018 NY Slip Op. 51153(U), holding that a fraud claim was untimely even under New York’s two year discovery rule, explaining: Dismissal is warranted under CPLR 3211(a) (5) where the movant establishes... Read more »

Posted: July 21, 2018

Court of Appeals Accepts Certified Questions Regarding Statute of Limitations for Unpaid Interest on Bonds

On June 12, 2018, the Court of Appeals accepted two certified questions from the Second Circuit in Ajdler v Province of Mendoza, No. 17‐2704‐cv: 1. If a bond issuer remains obligated to make biannual interest payments until the principal is paid, including after the date of maturity, do enforceable claims for such biannual interest continue... Read more »

Posted: July 14, 2018

Court Finds Claims Timely Under Fiduciary Tolling Doctrine

On June 27, 2018, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Miller v. Suky, 2018 NY Slip Op. 31374(U), finding claims timely under the fiduciary tolling doctrine, explaining: Although plaintiff fails to establish equitable estoppel, the SAC sufficiently alleges a fiduciary relationship between plaintiff, 19 Hotel and Owners on... Read more »

Posted: June 20, 2018

Borrowing Statute Applies When Contract Provides That it Will be Enforced According to New York Law

On June 12, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in 2138747 Ontario, Inc. v. Samsung C&T Corp., 2018 NY Slip Op. 04274, holding that when a contract provides that it will be enforced according to New York law, the New York borrowing statute will be used to determine the appropriate statute of limitations,... Read more »