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Stuart Strumwasser, Plaintiff-Appellant v. Lisa Zeiderman

New York Supreme and/or Appellate Courts Appellate Division, First Department


January 31, 2013

STUART STRUMWASSER, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
LISA ZEIDERMAN, ESQ., ET AL., DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS, MARTIN BLAUSTEIN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

Strumwasser v Zeiderman

Decided on January 31, 2013

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.

Tom, J.P., Andrias, Acosta, Manzanet-Daniels, Roman, JJ.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Joan A. Madden, J.), entered November 9, 2011, which, to the extent appealed from as limited by the briefs, granted defendants Lisa Zeiderman, Esq. and Johnson & Cohen, LLP's motion to dismiss the Judiciary Law § 487(1) causes of action as against them, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Plaintiff alleges that defendant Zeiderman submitted to the court in plaintiff's divorce action a document with a page intentionally switched to conceal the unreliability of certain projections relating to a start-up company founded by plaintiff in which he and his former wife held a minority interest. This single alleged act of deceit is not sufficiently egregious to support a claim under Judiciary Law § 487(1) (compare Kurman v Schnapp, 73 AD3d 435 [1st Dept 2010] [sustaining Judiciary Law § 487(1) claim based on defendant's alleged deceit or attempted deceit of court with fictitious letter from former licensing director of Taxi and Limousine Commission referring to lifetime ban on plaintiff's owning any TLC licenses]).

Moreover, plaintiff fails to allege damages resulting from the switching of the page (see id.). He claims that he had to settle with his former wife to avoid expensive and potentially protracted litigation as to the value of the allegedly worthless stock. However, the complaint alleges that the dispute over the value of the stock arose when defendants retained a second appraiser, who was given a correct copy of the document and attributed substantial value to the stock. Thus, plaintiff does not allege that the settlement he entered into with his former wife was the proximate result of defendants' alleged deceit (see Amalfitano v Rosenberg, 12 NY3d 8, 15 [2009]).

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.

ENTERED: JANUARY 31, 2013

CLERK

20130131

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