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Willoughby Reh. v. Webster

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Dec 18, 2007
46 A.D.3d 801 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)

Opinion

No. 2006-11397.

December 18, 2007.

In an action, inter alia, to recover damages for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, the defendant appeals, as limited by her brief, from so much of an order of the Supreme Court, Nassau County (Austin, J.), dated October 26, 2006, as denied those branches of her motion which were for summary judgment dismissing the first, second, fourth, fifth, and twenty-third through twenty-sixth causes of action and, in effect, denied those branches of her motion which were for summary judgment on her counterclaims.

Dollinger, Gonski Grossman, Carle Place, N.Y. (Dennis M. Gonski and Michael J. Spithogiannis of counsel) and Moritt Hock Hamroff Horowitz LLP, Garden City, N.Y., for appellant (one brief filed).

Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Greenberg, Formato Einiger, Lake Success, N.Y. (Sarah C. Lichtenstein of counsel), for respondents.

Before Crane, J.P., Goldstein, Florio and Dillon, JJ.


Ordered that the order is affirmed insofar as appealed from, with costs.

In 2004 the plaintiffs, consisting of nine limited liability companies and one corporation which operate skilled nursing home facilities in the New York metropolitan area, commenced this action against the defendant Helen Webster (hereinafter the defendant). They sought to recover damages for the defendant's alleged breach of their operating agreements and for her alleged breach of fiduciary duty in failing to execute certain financial documents and to contribute her proportionate share of additional capital. Four of the plaintiffs, Nassau Operating Co., LLC, Park Avenue Operating Co., LLC, Townhouse Operating Co., LLC, and Throgs Neck Operating Co., LLC, subsequently withdrew their claims against the defendant because she had no membership interest in them. As for the six remaining plaintiffs, the defendant is a member of the five limited liability companies and a minority shareholder, officer, and director of the corporation. Three of the limited liability companies of which the defendant is a member, Willoughby Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, LLC, Golden Gate Rehabilitation Health Care Center, LLC, and Eastchester Rehabilitation Health Care Center, LLC, also withdrew their causes of action against the defendant. The defendant moved, inter alia, for summary judgment dismissing the remaining causes of action. She appeals from the order denying that motion. We affirm.

The Supreme Court correctly determined that the defendant failed to establish her prima facie entitlement to summary judgment as a matter of law dismissing the first, second, and fifth causes of action ( see Winegrad v New York Univ. Med. Ctr., 64 NY2d 851, 853). While the defendant established her prima facie entitlement to summary judgment dismissing the fourth, twenty-third, twenty-fourth, twenty-fifth, and twenty-sixth causes of action, in opposition, the plaintiffs raised triable issues of fact ( see Alvarez v Prospect Hosp., 68 NY2d 320, 324).

The Supreme Court properly denied summary judgment to the defendant on her counterclaims. Resolution of the counter-claims requires a determination of the same issues of fact presented by the plaintiffs' complaint ( see SHS Baisley, LLC v Res Land, Inc., 18 AD3d 727, 728).

The defendant's remaining contentions are without merit.


Summaries of

Willoughby Reh. v. Webster

Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department
Dec 18, 2007
46 A.D.3d 801 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)
Case details for

Willoughby Reh. v. Webster

Case Details

Full title:WILLOUGHBY REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENTER, LLC, et al.…

Court:Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Second Department

Date published: Dec 18, 2007

Citations

46 A.D.3d 801 (N.Y. App. Div. 2007)
2007 N.Y. Slip Op. 10140
849 N.Y.S.2d 887

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