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Category: Blog: The Westchester Litigator

The Client Made Me Do It:  Attorney-Client Relationship Precludes Attorney Liability for Tortious Interference with Contractual Relations

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Attorneys serve their clients as advisors, counselors, advocates – and agents:  The client, as principal, is authorized to direct the actions of the attorney, as agent, in accordance with representation.  A recent Second Department decision examines the scope of that agency relationship in the context of a third-party claim that […]

Second Department Steps into the Sanctions Fray and Reverses Trial Court’s Lenient Ruling on Discovery Misconduct

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CPLR 3126 provides the trial courts with broad discretion to sanction parties for failing to comply with their discovery obligations.  One of the most drastic remedies is striking a party’s pleading, which requires a clear indication that a party’s failure to comply with discovery is “willful and contumacious.”  Given the […]

Win Some Lose Some: Second Circuit Affirms FLSA Fee Award Where Work on Successful and Unsuccessful Claims is “Inextricably Intertwined”

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According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York’s Labor Law (NYLL), statutory fee-shifting trumps the default American rule that each party bears its own fees and costs and obligates defendants to pay the attorneys’ fees of prevailing plaintiffs. What happens when plaintiffs prevail on some claims but […]

If Permits are Wrong, You Won’t Have a Right: Town’s Erroneously Issued Permit Invalidates Application of “Vested Rights Doctrine”

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For real estate developers, the issuance of a building permit should be cause for celebration at the end of an oft arduous application process.  By definition, a “permit” means the developer has the right to proceed with the project.  Going further, New York’s “vested rights doctrine” enables a developer to […]