Louis Meltzer v. Max Klein Et Al. - Supreme Court of New York

Louis Meltzer v. Max Klein Et Al.

By Supreme Court of New York

  • Release Date - Published: 1967-12-11
  • Book Genre: Law
  • Author: Supreme Court of New York
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In our opinion, the third cause of action, which is in fraud and against the appealing defendants only, is legally insufficient. Plaintiff has omitted from this cause any specification of the allegedly fraudulent representations made by appellants other than allegations that (1) they entered into an agreement with plaintiff and the corporate defendant whereby in exchange for investments by plaintiff and appellant Max Klein the corporate defendant would issue stock and (2) ""the defendants"" never intended in good faith to give plaintiff his rightful corporate shares and debentures. However, bare allegations of fraud without any allegation of the details constituting the wrong are not sufficient to sustain such a cause of action (CPLR 3016, subd. [b]; Ingraham v. International Salt Co., 114 App. Div. 791); and plaintiff's characterization of the representations as being fraudulent is not sufficient to sustain the cause (Knowles v. City of New York, 176 N. Y. 430, 437). Furthermore, the fact that the corporate defendant did not intend to give plaintiff his shares does not state a cause of action against appellants, absent any showing that they were acting in any corporate capacity when they contracted with plaintiff (Ritzwoller v. Lurie, 225 N. Y. 464; Stephans v. Apostol, 17 A.D.2d 982). Finally, although CPLR 3026 mandates that we liberally construe the pleadings, it also provides that we may not ignore a defect that is prejudicial to the opposing party. Because of the complete failure of the complaint to comply with the requirement of CPLR 3013 that it give notice to the appealing defendants of the material elements of the third cause of action, they will be prejudiced in being unable to prepare a defense.

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