Thursday, July 20, 2017

Documentary evidence and dismissal.

Practice point:  A motion to dismiss a complaint based upon documentary evidence under CPLR 3211(a)(1) may be granted only where the documentary evidence utterly refutes the plaintiff's factual allegations, conclusively establishing a defense as a matter of law. To qualify as documentary evidence for the purpose of a motion to dismiss, the evidence must be unambiguous and of undisputed authenticity. Affidavits, deposition testimony, and letters are not considered documentary evidence within the meaning of the statute. 

Case:  Board of Mgrs. of 100 Congress Condominium v. SDS Congress, LLC, NY Slip Op 05414 (2d Dep't July 5, 2017) 

Here is the decision. 

Tomorrow's issue:  Motions to compel or stay arbitration.