(NO “LITIGATION HOLD”) + SPOLIATION = SANCTIONS

“Litigation hold” is a notice requiring the preservation of all data that may relate to a claim or lawsuit.  “Spoliation” is the loss or destruction of evidence relative to a legal proceeding.

The failure to send or implement a “litigation hold” may result in loss of evidence resulting in a claim of “spoliation” – the sanctions for which run the gamut from an adverse inference charge that the lost evidence was damaging in nature or, in the extreme, to the striking of a pleading. Continue reading

Court of Appeals #11

We recently published a new update on decisions from the Court of Appeals.

DOWN & DIRTY: FIGHTS OVER REAL ESTATE CONTRACT OF SALE “DOWN PAYMENTS”

The skyrocketing prices for commercial and residential real estate have led to a concomitant increase in enormous – sometimes multi-million dollar-down payments – the right to which often ends in litigation when the transaction ends and the “finger pointing” begins.  Disputes following failures or refusals to close have led to several decisions in the Appellate Division since the year 2016 began, as well as many decisions in the Supreme Court.

Princes Point LLC v. Muss Dev. L.L.C., 2016 NY Slip Op 00783 (1st Dept. February 4, 2016) Continue reading