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Swenvest Corp. v. Wener

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


April 15, 2010

SWENVEST CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
STEPHEN WENER, ET AL., DEFENDANT-RESPONDENTS.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Charles E. Ramos, J., pursuant to CPLR 9002, upon a decision by Herman Cahn, J.), entered March 30, 2009, after a non-jury trial, dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

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.

Andrias, J.P., McGuire, Moskowitz, Acosta, DeGrasse, JJ.

604033/06

In this action to recover investment losses, the trial court's findings, which "rest[ed] in large measure on considerations relating to the credibility of the witnesses" (Claridge Gardens v Menotti, 160 AD2d 544, 545 [1990]), were based upon a fair interpretation of the evidence, which showed that the textile finishing plant and its holding company, in which plaintiff and defendants invested, were not fraudulently operated and controlled by defendants. Plaintiff failed to prove that the pricing and credit terms imposed on the plant's various customers were unreasonable and inured solely to the benefit of other textile companies owned by defendants. The trial court also properly determined that the losses suffered by the plant were not a result of mismanagement or misuse, but were related to market forces.

We have considered plaintiff's remaining contentions and find them unavailing.

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

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