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Matthew Donovan currently practices commercial litigation for the law firm Farrell Fritz, P.C. in their Manhattan, NY offices. An associate with the firm, Mr. Donovan helps the firm’s clients with their resolution of complex business disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, construction disputes, insurance-coverage disputes, and a variety of other commercial matters through litigation and arbitration. Prior to joining the Farrell Fritz, Matthew managed pre-trial litigation for employee benefits and securities disputes at another large New York law firm, and has also served as litigation counsel to a publishing company.
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Court Determines New York Proper Venue for Corporate Raiding Lawsuit Against California Insurance Broker: Aon Risk Servs., Northeast v Cusack
In a February 28, 2012, decision by Justice Fried, the court denied in part and granted in part defendant-employee’s motion to dismiss under CPLR 3211. The court also denied defendant-employer’s motion to dismiss under CPLR 327. Plaintiff Aon sued its former employee and his...
Dispute Over Ownership of Family Business Keeps Conversion Claim Regarding Business Records Alive: Gardner v Leitgeb & Vitelli, LLP
In a February 17, 2012, decision by Justice Emerson, the court granted defendants’ motion for summary judgment dismissing plaintiffs’ claims for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and professional malpractice but denied defendants’ motion as to plaintiffs’...
Failure to Comply with Notice Provisions under Liability Policies Dispositive as to Survival of Third-Party Complaint: Carpio-Sanchez v Nakamura
In a November 4, 2011, decision by Justice Grays, the court granted defendant/third-party plaintiff’s and third-party defendants’ respective motions for summary judgment dismissing the complaint and third-party complaint. Plaintiff-construction worker was injured on the job and...
Failure to Follow Traditional Mezzanine Financing Structure Precludes Plaintiffs from Recovering as Secured Parties: Lebedowicz v Meserole Factory LLC
In a December 20, 2011, decision by Justice Schmidt, the court denied plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment declaring that they are entitled to defendants’ membership interests in defendant-LLC as a security interest in connection with the purchase of real property. Defendant-LLC...
Court Passes on Its Inherent Power to Vacate Prior Order in Connection with Parties' Settlement Agreement: Foster Wheeler LLC v Affiliated FM Insurance Co.
In a September 23, 2011, decision by Justice Kapnick, the court denied plaintiff’s motion to vacate the court’s earlier decision and order granting summary judgment to various defendant-insurers regarding limitations to the allocation period relative to asbestos insurance...