New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department
January 17, 2012
EYAL BEN-YOSEF, ET AL.,
YORAM HILLEL, ET AL.,
QTY REALTY CORP.,
Ben-Yosef v Hillel
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.
Decided on January 17, 2012
Tom, J.P., Catterson, DeGrasse, Richter, Manzanet-Daniels, JJ.
Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Martin Shulman, J.), entered January 28, 2011, which, to the extent appealed from, denied defendants' motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground of lack of standing, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
Plaintiffs are investors in a real estate development relationship with defendants. At some point in their dealings with defendants, plaintiffs became disenchanted with defendants and commenced suit to, inter alia, recover funds allegedly due them from the venture. All defendants except QTY Realty Corp. (hereinafter defendants) moved for summary judgment on the ground that plaintiffs had no standing to maintain the action. Plaintiffs opposed on the ground that they borrowed the capital investment monies from three nonparty sources. Defendants contend that plaintiffs' deposition testimony establishes that there were no loans and that plaintiffs derived no benefit from the return of the investment monies and from the return on the investments, which were issued to the lenders (see Society of Plastics Indus. v County of Suffolk, 77 NY2d 761, 772-773 ). Plaintiffs argue that they directed that the returns on the investment be paid to one of the lenders in repayment of the loans, and that they realized a significant benefit from the repayment of that debt. Defendants' assertion that plaintiffs acted as "agents in fact" for the funding sources, i.e., the "true" investors, is without support in the record. Nevertheless, issues of fact exist whether plaintiffs were the true investors and whether they derived any benefit from the investment monies that were returned to the lenders.
We have considered defendants' remaining contentions and find them unavailing.
THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.
ENTERED: JANUARY 17, 2012
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