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Posted: January 16, 2020

Court Refuses to Vacate Default Judgment Despite Conclusory Assertions That Service Not Received When Defendant Admitted Being Aware of the Action

On January 2, 2020, the First Department issued a decision in Fisher v. Lewis Constr. NYC Inc., 2020 NY Slip Op. 00041, refusing to vacate a default judgment despite conclusory denials of service, explaining: Defendant failed to establish a reasonable excuse for its default. Plaintiff properly served defendant corporation by means of service upon the Secretary of State, and the...

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Posted: January 15, 2020

Plaintiffs’ Obligation to Perform Not Excused by Defendant’s Alleged Non-Material Breaches of Agreement

On December 24, 2019, Justice Cohen of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Aktiv Assets LLC v. Centerbridge Partners, L.P., 2019 NY Slip Op. 33736(U), holding that a plaintiff’s obligation to perform was not excused by the defendant’s alleged non-material breach of the agreement, explaining: Even if the agreements were viewed as a single intertwined agreement,...

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Posted in Commercial, Contracts
Posted: January 14, 2020

Law Firm Disqualified Based on Prior Representation in a Related Matter

On December 23, 2019, Justice Cohen of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in <a href=”https://www.schlamstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2019_33744.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”><em>Bessemer Trust Co., N.A. v. Hart</em></a>, 2019 NY Slip Op. 33744(U), disqualifying a law firm based on its prior representation of the plaintiff, explaining:

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Posted: January 12, 2020

Alleged Lack of Documentary Evidence Referring to an Oral Contract Insufficient Basis for Dismissing Claim Alleging Such a Contract

On December 19, 2019, Justice Schecter of the New York County Commercial Division issued a decision in Ripka v. Stenzler, 2019 NY Slip Op. 33688(U), holding that an alleged absence of documentary referring to an oral contract was an insufficient basis for finding that no such contract existed, explaining:

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Posted in Commercial, Contracts
Posted: January 11, 2020

Three Year Statute of Limitations for Professional Malpractice Cannot be Extended by Re-characterizing Claims as Contract Claims

On December 26, 2019, the Third Department issued a decision in WSA Group, PE-PC v. DKI Eng'g & Consulting USA PC, 2019 NY Slip Op. 09339, holding that the three-year statute of limitations for professional malpractice cannot be extended by re-characterizing claims as contract claims, explaining:

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Posted: January 9, 2020

Questions of Fact Regarding Defendant’s Alleged Misconduct Precluded Dismissal Based on Construction Contract’s No Damages for Delay Clause

On December 26, 2019, the First Department issued a decision in Tyrek Hgts. Erectors, Inc. v. WDF, Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op. 09386, holding that questions of fact regarding a defendant's alleged misconduct precluded dismissal based on a construction contract's no damages for delay clause, explaining:

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Posted in Commercial, Contracts