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Ahmed v. Jack G. Smith Corp.

SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department


October 2, 2009

ABDUL AHMED, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
JACK G. SMITH CORP., DEFENDANT-RESPONDENT.

Appeal from an order and judgment (one paper) of the Supreme Court, Erie County (Timothy J. Drury, J.), entered October 15, 2008 in a breach of contract action. The order and judgment granted defendant's motion and dismissed the complaint.

PRESENT: MARTOCHE, J.P., CENTRA, FAHEY, PERADOTTO, AND GREEN, JJ.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

It is hereby ORDERED that the order and judgment so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum

Plaintiff commenced this action seeking specific performance of a contract for the sale of property, alleging that defendant had improperly refused to convey title to the property to plaintiff. Supreme Court properly granted the motion of defendant to dismiss the complaint based on the affirmative defense that, by its express terms, the contract was not binding because it was not signed by the escrow agent, thus rendering specific performance unavailable (see King v Littman, 22 AD3d 917, 919; cf. Manning v Michaels, 149 AD2d 897, 898). Contrary to plaintiff's contention, there is no evidence in the record before us that defendant waived the contractual provision requiring the signature of the escrow agent.

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