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Defendant's pleading. Includes denials, defenses, and counterclaims.



Agreement to submit controversy to extrajudicial resolution


Bill of particulars

Litigation paper in which plaintiff, upon demand, is required to amplify the allegations of the complaint



Special proceeding (article 78) to obtain judicial review of quasi-judicial administrative action after a trial-type hearing and determination made by an agency


Collateral Estoppel

Doctrine of issue preclusion. Applies when a litigant attempts to retry an issue that has been determined against her on the merits



Plaintiff's pleading. Gives defendant material facts and transactions that are subject to the COA



Right of joint tortfeasor who has been liable and paid in full to seek the amount that exceeds his equitable share



Claim of defendant against a plaintiff. may be asserted in an answer



Claim by one defendant against another defendant


Ex Parte motion

Motion made without notice to the other party


Forum Non Conviens

Power of court, upon motion, to dismiss an action where the court finds that the convenience of witnesses and interests of justice require that the action be heard in a court of a different state



Procedure where defendant joins another party to the lawsuit on the ground that the other party may be liable to the defendant in whole or in part (indemnification or contribution)



right of vicariously liable defendant to bring a third party action against the person whose misconduct he is answerable for and seek 100% reimbursement


Interlocutory papers

Litigation papers served after plaintiff's summons and complaint or summons with notice


Long Arm Jurisdiction

Allows jurisdiction over a nondomiciliary defendant where COA arises from a NY activity


Mandamus to compel

Special proceeding (article 78) seeking judicial direction that an agency perform an act required by law


Mandamus to Review

A special proceeding (article 78) seeking judicial review of agency determinations made when no hearing was required to be held


Motion for summary judgement

Pretrial motion that can be made by any party asking the court for judgement as a matter of law. Required the court to find no genuine issue of fact


Motion on notice

Motion that requires notice be given to adversary


Notice of petition

Part of initiatory process in special proceeding


Order to show cause

accelerated motion on notice. Often contains a provision staying all further proceedings until the determination is made. Can also be used to initiate a special proceeding


Personal jurisdiction

Power of the court to adjudicate claims against particular parties



Pleading of complaining party in special proceeding



Formal written statement of parties claims or defenses



Initiatory papers that are filed and then served on a defendant to invoke the court's jurisdiction.



Special proceeding (article 78) to obtain judicial review of judicial action that grossly exceeds an officer's jurisdiction


Provisional remedies

Remedies that operate while the action is pending to prevent ineffectual judgments



Plaintiff's pleading in response to counterclaim


Res Judicata

Claim preclusion. Once claim is brought to final conclusion, all other claims arising out of the same transaction or series of transactions are barred, even if based on different theories


Special proceeding

Procedure for speedy resolution of certain disputes. must be authorized by statute


Statute of limiations

Fixed period of time within which a lawsuit must be commenced


Subject matter jurisdiction

the power of a court to adjudicate particular types of claims



Initiatory paper that notifies defendant that an action has been instituted against him and that he is required to answer at the place and time named


Survival claim

Cause of action that survives the death of plaintiff. Applies to all types of actions except divorce



Extends the applicable period of time within which a cause of action may be brought



County in which an action is brought


Wrongful death

Claim that allows recovery for economic losses by spouse and next of kin of a decedent whose death was cause by defendant


SOL: Action on judgement

20 Years


SOL: Action to recover realty; action by crime victim against convicted defendant for a serious crime

10 years; same period as adverse possession; crime runs from date of conviction, may also sue for damages for up to 3 years from discovery of defendant's receipt of money or property from any source


Action by crime victim against convicted defendant for any crime

7 years; runs from date of crime


SOL: Contracts (other than UCC)

6 years; accrual on date of breach regardless of plaintiff's knowledge


SOL: Indemnity and contribution

6 years; Accrual on date of payment for which indemnity or contribution is sought


Sol: Fraud

6 years; commission of fraud or 2 years after discovery (actual or imputed) whichever is longer


SOL: Equity actions (rescission, reformation, accounting)

6 years


SOL: Actions by victim of rape related felony

5 years; Runs from date of crime; if perpetrator is prosecuted, victim gets an extra five years from termination of the criminal proceeding (regardless of trial outcome.


SOL: UCC Article 2

4 years; breach of warranty claim accrues upon tender of delivery


SOL: Personal injury based on negligence and SL

3 years; accrues on date original injury occurs; no discovery rule applies except in cases of toxic substances


SOL: Property damage, including conversion and replevin

3 years


SOL: Professional malpractice, other than medical malpractice

3 years


SOL: Medical, dental, and podiatric malpractice

2 1/2 years; COA accrues on date of malpractice; exceptions for continuous treatment (period runs from end of treatment) and "foreign objects" (one year from discovery if insufficient time under regular rules)


SOL: Wrongful death

2 years; runs from date of death; except, must also be shown that SOL on decedent's underlying personal injury claim had not expired on date of death.

If criminal proceeding is brought against defendant, executor gets optional and independent one-year period from termination of criminal proceedings (regardless of outcome)


SOL: Personal injury claims and property damage claims against municipal defendants

1 year 90 days; plaintiff must show that she served a notice of claim on the municipal defendant within 90 days of the accident. Court has discretion to allow a late service of notice of claim, but in no even longer than SOL plus any tolling provisions


SOL: Intentional torts to the person

1 year


SOL: Article 78 proceedings

4 months


Attachment: when available

P must be seeking money damages and one of two grounds must exist: 1) D is an unlicensed foreign corporation or nondomicilliary who resides outside of NY; 2) D is about to conceal or remove assets from NY with intent to defraud creditors; 3) brought to enforce a judgment or decree entitled to full faith and credit; 4) action by felony victim to recover from convicted defendant who earned profits from crime


Attachment: may it be obtained ex parte?

Yes, but P must make motion on notice to confirm within 10 days after levy on D's property if ground 1 (foreign corp) or 5 days if ground 2 (intent to conceal or remove assets)


Attachment: May order be obtained before process is served?

Yes, provided summons is served within 60 days after order is granted


Attachment: what papers are required for order?

Affidavit showing grounds for attachment and probability of success on the merits in the underlying cause of action


Attachment: is an undertaking required?

Yes; amount is fixed by court to indemnify D for costs, expenses, and reasonable attorney's fees if: 1) D wins case on merits; 2) attachment was invalid. P's liability is not limited to amount of bond


Preliminary injunction: when available?

1) for permanent injunction; 2) where D is about to do an act rendering equity judgement ineffectual


Preliminary Injunction: may it be obtained ex parte?

No; However, motion may be made by order to show cause, and TRO can be included in order to show cause, thereby restraining D until hearing on motion for preliminary injunction. TRO may be granted ex parte upon showing that notice to the opponent would cause significant prejudice to moving party


Preliminary Injunction: may the order be obtained before process is served?

No for preliminary; yes for TRO (motion to show cause for preliminary injunction may be served with summons and complain)


Preliminary injunction: what papers are required?

Affidavit showing ground for preliminary injunctive relief and probability of success on the merits of COA. TRO requires additional showing of threat of immediate injury.


Preliminary injunction: is undertaking required?

Yes; for TRO in the court's discretion. Amount is fixed by court to indemnify D for costs, expenses, and attorneys' fees if it is determined that P is not entitled to permanent injunctive relief


Temporary Receivership: When available

Property which is subject of equity action is in danger of destruction, diminution in value, loss, or removal from state


Temporary receivership: may it be obtained ex parte?

No, unless parties agree in contract to ex parte appointment


Temporary receivership: may it be obtained before process is served?



Temporary receivership: what papers are required?

Affidavit showing grounds for appointment of receiver


Temporary receivership: is undertaking required?

Yes, by receiver that he or she will faithfully discharge duties


Seizure of chattel (replevin): When available?

Action to recover possession of chattel


Seizure of chattel (replevin): may order be obtained ex parte

Yes, but P must make a motion on notice to confirm the ex party order within 5 days after sheriff seizes chattel


Seizure of chattel (replevin): what papers are required?

Affidavit showing probability of success on the merits of cause of action. If moving ex parte, must show threat of immediate loss of chattel


Seizure of chattel (replevin): is undertaking required?

Yes, in amount that is at least twice the value of the chattel


Notice of pendancy: when available

Action in which judgment will directly affect title, use, or possession of real property


Notice of pendancy: May it be obtained ex parte?

No order required. Filing with county clerk is ex parte


Notice of pendancy: may order be obtained before process is served?

Yes, provided summons is served within 30 days after filing of notice of pendency


Notice of pendency: what papers are required?

File notice of pendency and copy of complaint with country clerk where realty is located. no affidavits required


Notice of pendency: Is an undertaking required?



When can a motion to dismiss for lack of SMJ be made?

Any time. May not be waived


What are NY court's of limited jurisdiction?

Civil court of the city of NY ($25,000 limit); County court ($25,000 limit); district courts ($15,000 limit); city courts; small claims court ($5,000); justice court ($3000 limit); family court; surrogate's court; court of claims


Transfer and removal situations

(1) cases in which the original court lacked SMJ from the inception of the suit

(2) Cases in which the original court had SMJ, but where events occurring after suit was brought require transfer to a court of wider jurisdiction to obtain complete relief

(3) Cases in which the original court had SMJ, but where a court of lesser jurisdiction has ample authority to dispose of the matter (consent by party adversely affected is required, but can also be done to alleviate calendar congestion without consent because recovery can exceed lower court's jurisdictional limits)


Limitations on supreme court SMJ

(1) Forum non conveniens: Upon motion of party, interests of substantial justice require an action to be heard in the court of some other state, may stay or dismiss action in whole or in part. Must look to convenience of court and parties

(2) Foreign corporation suing or being sued in NY: Foreign corporation doing business in NY may commence an action, but must pay all fees, taxes, and penalties. Resident may sue foreign corporation. Nonresident or foreign corporation may not sue foreign corporation unless underlying action has a meaningful tie to the state

(3) Contractual choice of NY law: Enforceable if transaction involves at least one million and the contract contains an agreement by the nonresident or foreign corporation to submit to NY jurisdiction


SOL: Accrual

SOL starts to run at the time the COA accrues


SOL: interposition of claim

Date of filing process, except justice courts where date of service


SOL: commencement against party united in interest

If original summons omitted a party who is then added after expiration of SOL, timely commencement tolls SOL against added party if (i) both claims arise from same conduct; (ii) parties share liability jointly or vicariously; and (iii) new party knew or should have known that but for the plaintiff's mistake the action would have been brought against him


SOL: Counterclaims

If would have been timely as of date of plaintiff's commencement then counterclaim is timely


SOL: Amended pleadings

Timeliness as of date of service of amended pleading, but can relate back if original pleading gives notice of the events on which the newly added COA is based


SOL: when to raise as defense

Preanswer motion to dismiss or affirmative defense in the answer itself


SOL: Tolling

(1) Defendant's absence from NY: If defendant can be validly served process outside of NY, tolling does not apply

(2) Disability or death of party: tolled until disability is removed; once statue begins to run, action must be filed within three years if the applicable period is three years or more, if less than three years than that period. 10 year maximum if (i) claim by infant for medical malpractice; (ii) claimant is insane at time of accrual.

(3) Effect of dismissal: 6 months after termination of timely action. Does not apply to (i) judgment of dismissal on the merits; (ii) voluntary discontinuance; (iii) dismissal for neglect to prosecute


SOL: Borrowing statue

(1) Claim accruing out of state in favor of a non-NY resident is measured by both foreign and local SOL and must be timely under both

(2) A claim accruing out of state in favor of a NY resident is measured only by NY SOL


Who may serve litigation papers?

Person over 18, not a party to the action


When can you serve papers?

Any day but Sunday (even legal holiday's are cool)


Methods of service of process

(1) Personal delivery

(2) Leave and mail: Delivery to one of suitable age at actual place of business, dwelling place, or usual place of abode and first class mail of copy to D's last known residence or actual place of business

(3) Service upon a designated agent

(4) Nail and mail: cannot be used if can be accomplished with due diligence by physical delivery or leave and mail

(5) Expedient service: can only occur with court permission after an ex parte application is made


Service on infants

Personally serve within the state a parent or guardian or person having legal custody (or spouse if infant is married). If none of the above is within the state, service is made on any person with whom the infant resides or employer. 14 or older must also personally serve infant.


Service on persons declared incapacitated

Personally serve within state the incompetent and his committee


Service outside state

Domiciled in NY or subject to jurisdiction may be served outside state in same manner as service is made within state.


Service on corporations

(1) Domestic corporation and authorized foreign corporations: always amenable to in personam jurisdiction in NY as to any and all lawsuits, whether related or unrelated to NY activities. Service accomplished by delivering summons to officer, director, managing or general agent, cashier, assistant cashier, or agent authorized by appointment or law to receive service.

(2) unauthorized foreign corporation: service is accomplished by serving secretary of state and mailing a copy to an officer of the unauthorized corporation

(3) Partnerships: PJ by service to any partner or an agent authorized to receive service, delivery and mailing to a managing or other agent, affixing and mailing, some other expedient method if court order. Judgement may be executed against property of partnership or any partner

(4) Unincorporated association: cannot be sued in association name, must be president or treasurer jurisdiction obtained by service thereof


Service of process by first class mail

May be served on any defendant (other than infant or incapacitated) must contain acknowledgement-of-receipt form, which defendant may sign and return within 30 days. If defendant does not, the plaintiff must then serve process pursuant to a traditional method


Bases of in personam jurisdiction

(1) Physical presence of defendant within the state at time of service

(2) Doing business within the state

(3) Domicile of defendant in the forum

(4) Single act or long arm

(5) Express consent by contract or by designating an in-state agent

(6) Use of NY courts

(7) Implied consent (motorist statutes which imply designation of secretary of state for service of process for lawsuit arising out of a vehicular accident within the forum state

(8) Appearance


Restrictions to physical presence jurisdiction

(1) fraudulent inducement into the state

(2) physical presence to which immunity attaches


Doing business

Whether in-state activity is sufficiently substantial to make an unauthorized foreign corporation amenable to any and all suits commenced against it in NY courts

Permanent and continuity of corporate activity within state are required, but activity need not be substantial in volume

Subsidiary or affiliate can count where there is complete identity of stock ownership or interlocking corporate structure

Activities of independent contractors may count if go beyond mere solicitation and include authority to make contracts for the out-of-state corporation


Long arm statute bases of jurisdiction

Limited to commission of certain acts by nondomiciliaries within state.

(1) Transaction of business within NY. Includes isolated act, must look to whether cause of action arises from acts done in NY. Must be present for transaction (can include phone and letters if COA is connected to the calls or letters)

(2) Defamation related actions: Exercise of PJ to fullest extent of US constitution in declaring foreign judgement unenforceable in NY

(3) Tortious act in NY (manifestation of injury in NY is insufficient)

(4) Tortious act outside of NY: (i) regularly does or solicits business in NY; (ii) reasonably foresees the NY consequences of tort and derives substantial revenues from interstate or international commerce

(5) Ownership or possession of NY realty: Subject to in personam jurisdiction as to any lawsuits arising out of such ownership or possession

(6) Matrimonial actions or Family court: (i) NY was matrimonial domicile of the parties before they separated; (ii) claim for support arises out of agreement made in NY; (iii) defendant abandoned plaintiff in NY; (iv) claim for support arose under NY law


Service in Long arm cases

May be served out of state in the same manner that would be proper in state


Service of nonresident motorists

Subject to jurisdiction for action arising out of action. Notice served to secretary of state and defendant in person or by mail


Consent to personal jurisdiction

(1) Voluntary appearance after suit has begun

(2) by contract or appointing an agent to receive service prior to suit


How do you raise jurisdictional objection

(1) preanswer motion to dismiss based on such objection

(2) answer containing affirmative defense


Waiver of PJ objection

If moved to dismiss on grounds other than lack of PJ and fails to join PJ objection. Pleading related counterclaim is not a waiver, but unrelated counter claim is a waiver

Timely amendment can save objection


Venue for tied to real estate

Must be filed in county where some part of realty is located


Venue for transitory actions

Where any one of the parties resides. Resident of more than one county is a resident of each county. If neither party is a resident then any county is proper.


Change of venue as of right

Motion by defendant with or prior to answer. If P does not consent within 5 days, defendant must so move within 15 of notice of demand. Must file motion in original county


Change of venue in discretion of court

Sought at any time in original county. Based on impartial jury, convenience of parties, serves ends of justice


Mandatory joinder

Dismissal results when party is either required by substantive law or due process

Classes of necessary parties: (i) joint obligers; (ii) joint obligees; (iii) a corporation in a derivative stockholders' suit; (iv) an absent party claiming ownership of property sought to be recovered by plaintiff; (v) a member of a joint venture not joined in a suit by another joint venturer against a third joint venturer to impress a trust on assets allegedly belonging to the venture; (vi) beneficiaries of a trust in an action by other beneficiaries against the trustee seeking an accounting


Permissive joineder

May be joined if common question of law or fact arising out of same transaction or series of transactions


Class actions

10 factors:
(i) Number in class
(ii) common questions of law and fact
(iii) fair and adequate representation of class members
(iv) typicality
(v) superiority
(vi) individual members' interest in individual control of separate actions
(vii) impracticality or inefficiency of separate actions
(viii) nature and extent of other relevant pending litigation
(ix) desirability of concentrating the litigation in one court
(x) manageability of the class action


Third party action claims

(1) Contractual indemnity
(2) implied indemnity
(3) Contribution



Any tortfeasor found liable to the plaintiff can be required to pay the judgment in full, regardless of that particular tortfeasor's percentage of total fault


Third party action claims

(1) Contractual indemnity
(2) implied indemnity
(3) Contribution



Any tortfeasor found liable to the plaintiff can be required to pay the judgment in full, regardless of that particular tortfeasor's percentage of total fault


Effect of release on action with multiple tortfeasors

Settling tortfeasor may not seek or be subject to a claim for contribution. Judgment against non-settling tortfeasor is reduced by greater of amount paid for release, amount stipulated in release or settling tortfeasor's equitable share of the fault. If multiple release reduce based on aggregate basis


Limitation on liability of joint and several tortfeasors for noneconomic loss

If defendant is found 50% or less of total liability, that liability for non economic loss cannot exceed relative culpability



When a stakeholder under a conceded obligation to pay certain money but has been confronted with conflicting claims to performance. Stakeholder may join conflicting claimants in an action to determine who is liable. Alternatively if either claimant sues the stakeholder, he may file an interpleader summons and serve other claimant



A person not joined wishes to become a party

(1) As of right: limited to situations in which the intervenor may be bound by judgment and his interests are inadequately represented by existing parties; or, may be adversely affected by the disposition of property subject to the court's control

(2) Permissive: Court's discretion if a statute grants such a conditional right or claim or defense containing a common question of law or fact


Actions requiring specificity in pleadings

Defamation (particular words of alleged libel or slander); Divorce or separation (details of misconduct); action based on foreign law (substance of law; itemized account); no fault (statement that plaintiff has suffered severe injury or economic loss greater than basic economic loss; medical malpractice (certificate of merit)


What may an answer contain?

General denials; affirmative defenses; counterclaims


When is verification required?

When complaint must be verified: actions against co-obliger; actions for goods sold or services rendered; article 78 proceedings; actions in which the substantive statutes otherwise require verification


Service of interlocutory papers

personal delivery; ordinary mail; fax; overnight delivery

Every paper served on any party must be served on every other party


Procedure for motions on notice

Contents: place, date, time and papers on which motion is based, relief demanded, grounds. Party sets return date

Setting time for hearing: must be served at least 8 days before return date (unless earlier date fixed by an order to show cause)

Responding to motion on notice: if minimum notice is given, answering papers are to be served two days before hearing; if papers are served 16 days before return date, answering papers must be served 7 days before hearing date and reply papers must be served one day before hearing; cross-motions must be served at least 3 days before hearing date, but if motion was served at least 16 days before, may demand at least 7 days.


Appealability of motions on notice

Generally appealable as of right to appellate division.

Order made in article 78 proceedings or for a more definite statement in a pleading or to strike scandalous or prejudicial matters are appealable only by permission


Appealability of ex parte motion

not appealable. Must move to vacate on notice and then appeal from the resulting order on that motion


Appealability of motion for renewal



Appealability of motion for reargument

not appealable, order made after reargument is appealable


Specific motions: addressed to face of pleading

Motion for more definite statement; motion to strike unnecessary, scandalous, or prejudicial matter; motion that pleading allegations be separately stated and number


Specific motions: regulatory motions

Venue; consolidate or sever actions; separate trials


Specific motions: Motions to amend pleadings

May be served without leave of court if served: (i) twenty days after service of original pleading; (ii) before the time to reply to the original pleading has expired; (iii) within 20 days after service of the pleading responding to original pleading

Only one such amendment is allowed

Other amendments must be made by motion or stipulation (leave to amend should be freely granted)


Bases for pre-answer motions to dismiss

(i) Documentary evidence defenses
(ii) Lack of SMJ
(iii) Want of capacity to sue
(iv) Another action pending between the same parties on the same claim in another state or federal court
(v) Affirmative defenses (arbitration and award; collateral estoppel or res judicata; discharge in bankruptcy; infancy or disability of moving party; payment; release; SOL; SOF
(vi) Counterclaim not properly interposed
(vii) Failure to state a cause of action
(viii) lack of in personam, in rem, or quasi in rem jurisdiction
(ix) Absence of one who out to be a party

Failure to assert i, iii, iv, v, or vi by motion or responsive pleading waives the grounds



If an issue of fact arises, the court may order that the issue be tried immediately


Motion for summary judgement

No genuine issue of material fact requiring trial and a party is entitled to judgement as a matter of law

Moving papers: affidavit on personal knowledge and must state facts with particularity

Standards: No genuine issue for trial

May treat motion to dismiss or that a defense has no merit as a motion for summary judgment


Defaults by defendant

Failure to appear, to plea, or proceed to trial when action is reached and called for trial


Default by plaintiff

(1) Unreasonably neglects to proceed generally or otherwise delays prosecution of his claim

(2) unreasonably fails to serve and file a notice of issue


What to show if you want relief from default?

(1) reasonable excuse for delay (attributable to newly discovered evidence of fraud or misrepresentation of an adverse party; lack of jurisdiction to render judgement; reversal, modification, or vacatur of a prior judgment or order upon which the challenged order is based; or law office failure)
(2) meritorious claim or defense as established by affidavit


Relief from default for defendant not served by personal delivery

(i) less than one year has elapsed since time of knowledge of judgement; (ii) less than 5 years since time judgement was entered; (iii) defendant did not have personal notice of the action in time to defendant; (iv) meritorious defense to action


What must be disclosed: statutory (CPLR)

All matter material and necessary in the prosecution or defense of an action regardless of the burden of proof.

(i) evidence in chief; (ii) facts leading to discovery of admissible evidence; (iii) facts, documents, or other physical exhibits useful on proper cross-examination


Absolute privileges

(1) Against self-incrimination; (2) attorney work product (prepared in connection with pending litigation or in anticipation thereof; (3) attorney-client privilege


Qualified privileges (stuff that pretty much gets in but may be protected in limited situations)

(1) Litigative materials by nonattorneys; (2) Witness's statements (a party has absolute right to discovery of his own statements); (3) insurance coverage; (4) Accident reports; (5) accident reports; (6) Experts; (7) Films, photographs, videotapes, and audiotapes


Continuing duty of disclosure

Must promptly amend or supplement the response to discovery request if the party learns that the response was inaccurate or incomplete when made and the failure to amend would be materially misleading


Where can deposition be taken

Where deponent resides, has regular place of business, or where action is pending


Right to jury trial

Seeking judgment for money damages only. Also: ejectment; dower; waste; nuisance; and replevin actions; and to determine claims to realty; divorce (adultery) actions; annulments; partition actions; incompetency


How do you waive right to jury trial?

Contract; failure to demand; joinder of legal and equitable relief in same transaction; oral waiver in court; failure to appear for trial after making jury demand


Res Judicata

Applies where there has been a final judgment on the merits by a court of competent jurisdiction between the same parties to the present action on the same COA


Collateral estoppel

Applies when litigant attempts to retry an issue which has been finally determined on the merits

Applies when (i) issue is identical to issue decided in prior proceeding; (ii) issue was necessarily decided in prior proceeding; (iii) litigant had full and fair opportunity to litigate the issue in the prior proceeding


Uses of collateral estoppel

(i) affirmative use against a losing party in the first proceeding to establish liability to a party in the second; (ii) defensive use against a losing party in the first proceeding to defeat his claim against a party in the second


How long to make an appeal

30 days after appellant is served with a copy of the judgment or order and written notice of the entry of the order or judgment


When can time to appeal be extended?

Where (i) alternative method of appeal is available after an initial appeal is dismissed or a motion to appeal is denied; (ii) the attorney for the aggrieved party becomes disabled; or (iii) the potential appellant dies or there is a transfer of his interest before the 30-day period has run


Arbitration agreement

Must be in writing, but need not be signed by either party


Grounds for challenging arbitration award

(i) corruption, fraud, misconduct in procuring the award; (ii) partiality of an arbitrator chosen to be neutral; (iii) arbitrator has exceed the powers granted to him or has failed to make a definitive award within the scope of the controversy submitted to him; and (iv) failure to follow procedural rules


What makes a proceeding not arbitratable?

(i) matter at issue is not embraced by arbitration agreement; (ii) arbitration agreement was induced by fraud; (iii) arbitration agreement is subject to a condition precedent not yet fulfilled; (iv) the performance of the underlying contract is prohibited by statute; or (v) the underlying claim is barred by the SOL or res judicata


Article 78 certiorari

Obtain judicial review of quasi judicial administrative action after a hearing and determination is made by an agency


Article 78 prohibition

Obtain judicial restraint of actual or threatened administrative action in excess of the lawful powers of the administrative agency

Requirements: (i) clear legal right; (ii) court acts or threatens to act without jurisdiction in a matter over which it has no power over the subject matter or where it exceeds its authorized power; (iii) when direct to an inferior judicial tribunal


Article 78 Mandamus

Judicial discretion that an agency perform an act or seeks review of agency determinations made when no hearing was required to be held


When is article 78 not available

When available appeal, right to seek release, determination made in a civil or criminal matter


Article 78 pleadings

Must first serve notice or order to show cause with verified petition and any affidavits in support of the petition. Respondent must serve verified answer


Article 78 timing

unless shorter time period is provided by order to show cause, initial pleadings must be served at least 20 days before hearing date. Answering papers must be served at least 5 days before hearing. Reply 1 day