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Posts Categorized: Statute of Limitations/Laches

Posted: December 14, 2014

Where Contract Calls for Continuing Performance, Breach of Contract Claim Accrues Continuously With Each Failure to Perform

On December 5, 2014, Justice Platkin of the Albany County Commercial Division issued a decision in NYAHSA Services, Inc. Self Insurance Trust v. People Care Inc., 2014 NY Slip Op. 51711(U), applying the statute of limitations for breach of a contract requiring repeated performance. In NYAHSA Services, the plaintiff moved to dismiss counterclaims for, among... Read more »

Posted: October 17, 2014

Claim by Nonresident Dismissed Based on Statute of Limitations of State Where Claim Accrued

On October 9, 2014, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Cambridge Capital Real Estate Investments, LLC v. Archstone Enterprises LP, 2014 NY Slip Op. 32625(U), dismissing an action based on the statute of limitations of the state where the action accrued. In Cambridge Capital, the plaintiff, a “minority limited... Read more »

Posted: September 23, 2014

Reverter Provision Unenforceable if not Recorded within 30 Years; Action for Injunctive Relief or Money Damages can Proceed Regardless

On August 21, 2014, Justice Grays of the Queens County Commercial Division issued a decision in The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. v. Christ the King Regional High School, 2014 NY Slip Op. 32389(U), granting a motion to dismiss in part. In 1976, the plaintiff Diocese of Brooklyn conveyed real estate to the defendant... Read more »

Posted: August 23, 2014

Statute of Limitations Applicable to Fraud and Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims Can Vary Based on Nature of Claim and Relief Sought

On August 4, 2014, Justice Sherwood of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Blumenstyk v. Singer, 2014 NY Slip Op. 32124(U), illustrating the analysis used to determine the statute of limitations applicable to claims of breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. In Blumenstyk, the plaintiffs brought twenty-four causes action against the defendants.... Read more »

Posted: August 9, 2014

CPLR 205 Tolls Statute of Limitations for Special Proceeding Improperly Brought as a Plenary Action

On July 30, 2014, Justice Friedman of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Weksler v. Weksler, 2014 NY Slip Op. 32024(U), explaining the application of CPLR 205. In Weksler, the parties entered into an agreement that tolled the statute of limitations effective December 19, 2006. In 2007, the plaintiff brought a plenary... Read more »

Posted: July 18, 2014

Absent Precise Language To the Contrary, Limitations Period In Insurance Policy Runs From Date Coverage Was Denied, Not Date of Underlying Loss

On June 30, 2014, Justice Schweitzer of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Flat Ridge 2 Wind Energy LLC v. Those Underwriter at Lloyd’s, 2014 NY Slip Op. 31804(U), holding that unless an insurance policy contains precise language to the contrary, a limitations period provided for the in the policy runs from... Read more »

Posted: June 27, 2014

Foreign Statute of Limitations Does Not Apply in Actions Brought Under CPLR § 205(a)

On June 26, 2014, the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Norex Petroleum Ltd. v. Blavatnik, 2014 NY Slip Op. 04802, clarifying the interplay between CPLR § 202, the “borrowing statute,” and CPLR § 205(a), the “savings statute.” CPLR § 202 provides that, when a cause of action accrues outside New York, the applicable statute of limitations... Read more »

Posted: June 2, 2014

Agreement Term Shortening Limitations Period Applies to Claims Arising From the Agreement

On May 27, 2014, the First Department issued a decision in Smile Train, Inc. v. Ferris Consulting Corp., 2014 NY Slip Op. 03785, enforcing an agreement term shortening the limitations period to bring a claim relating to the agreement. In Smile Train, the defendants moved to dismiss the plaintiff’s claims based on a contract term shortening... Read more »

Posted: May 6, 2014

Two Claims Revived Upon Reconsideration In HSBC Bank Overdraft Fee Litigation

In In re: HSBC Bank, USA, N.A. Debit Card Overdraft Fee Litigation, 13 MD 2451 (E.D.N.Y. April 21, 2014), Judge Arthur D. Spatt took the rare step of granting a motion for reconsideration in a class action involving allegations that HSBC customers were improperly charged “overdraft fees” on debit card transactions. Plaintiffs claimed that the... Read more »