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Millennium Partners, L.P. v. Lindenbaum

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


May 4, 2010

MILLENNIUM PARTNERS, L.P., PLAINTIFF-RESPONDENT,
v.
ARMAND LINDENBAUM, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Walter B. Tolub, J.), entered November 23, 2009, which denied defendant's motion to dismiss 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., Friedman, Catterson, McGuire, RomÁn, JJ.

600357/09

In this action alleging breach of fiduciary duty and seeking forfeiture of defendant's consulting fee and commission, there are issues of fact as to whether the consulting agreement was extinguished by the agreement naming defendant as co-broker (see generally Water St. Dev. Corp. v City of New York, 220 AD2d 289, 290 [1995], lv denied 88 NY2d 809 [1996]); the documentary evidence is inconclusive and defendant does not contest the existence of a fiduciary relationship. There are also issues of fact as to whether defendant breached his fiduciary duty by allegedly obtaining a $1.2 million commission without plaintiff's knowledge, despite his promise to minimize its lease renewal costs.

We have considered defendant's other contentions and find them unavailing.

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

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