New York Court of Appeals issues six opinions from April 24-30

The New York Court of Appeals issued six opinions from April 24-30. As of April 30, the court issued 26 opinions in 2023 — 10 fewer than this point a year ago. Three of the six opinions are below:

  • Singh v. City of New York, where the court “affirmed the judgment of the Appellate Division dismissing Plaintiffs’ claims that Taxi and Limousine Commission and New York City breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing and engaged in deceptive business practices under N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law 349, holding that Plaintiffs failed to state a claim.”
  • TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding, LLP v. WN Partner, LLC, where the court “affirmed as modified the judgment of the court of appeals…holding (1) the courts below correctly confirmed the second arbitration award; and (2) the order must be modified because Supreme Court erred by awarding prejudgment interest and rendering a money judgment.”
  • Anderson v. Commack Fire District, where the court “held that N.Y. Gen. Mun. Law 205-b does not authorize a claim against a fire district for the negligence of a volunteer firefighter when the firefighter’s actions are otherwise privileged and subject to a heightened recklessness standard under N.Y. Veh. & Traf. Law 1104.”

From April 24-30, state supreme courts issued 172 opinions nationally. The West Virginia Supreme Court issued the most with 36. State supreme courts in 14 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 109 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 63.

The State of New York Court of Appeals is the state’s court of last resort and has seven judgeships. The current chief of the court is Rowan Wilson. The court issued 85 opinions in 2022 and 69 in 2021. Nationally, state supreme courts issued 7,423 opinions in 2022 and 8,320 in 2021. The courts have issued 2,201 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 1,224 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 977. New York is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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