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Gottlieb v. Northriver Trading Co. LLC

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


January 27, 2009

HELENE GOTTLIEB, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
NORTHRIVER TRADING COMPANY LLC, ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS.
NORTHRIVER TRADING COMPANY LLC, ET AL., COUNTERCLAIMANTS-RESPONDENTS,
PHILIP GOTTLIEB ALSO KNOWN AS FEIVEL GOTTLIEB, ADDITIONAL COUNTERCLAIM DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Jane S. Solomon, J.), entered May 14, 2007, which dismissed the complaint, granted defendants' motion for summary judgment on their sixth counterclaim and denied plaintiff's cross motion for discovery, unanimously reversed, on the law, with costs, the complaint reinstated, defendants' motion denied, and plaintiff's cross motion granted to compel discovery on an extended schedule to be approved by the court.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Saxe, J.P., Gonzalez, Sweeny, Renwick, DeGrasse, JJ.

601546/04

Contrary to the court's ruling, members of a limited liability company may seek an equitable accounting under common law. The assertion that such members are limited to statutory remedies with regard to potential fraud is inconsistent with the reasoning in Tzolis v Wolff (10 NY3d 100 [2008]). Furthermore, while plaintiff's sole claim was for an accounting, the ad damnum of her complaint did seek monetary damages based on misallocation of the company's assets, and the case should thus be permitted to go forward. Issues of fact also preclude summary judgment on the losses in the trading account. Plaintiff raised a number of factual issues as to her prior payment of losses in other sub-accounts, and whether those losses were ever charged to other members.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

20090127

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