Dreznick v. Lenchner, 2006-02993.

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Citation838 N.Y.S.2d 781,2007 NY Slip Op 05680,41 A.D.3d 769
Decision Date26 June 2007
PartiesELLIOTT B. DREZNICK, Respondent, v. STEFANIE LENCHNER, Appellant.
Docket Number2006-02993.
41 A.D.3d 769
838 N.Y.S.2d 781
2007 NY Slip Op 05680
ELLIOTT B. DREZNICK, Respondent,
v.
STEFANIE LENCHNER, Appellant.
2006-02993.
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Department.
Decided June 26, 2007.

In an action, inter alia, for the return of gifts made in contemplation of marriage and to recover damages for breach of contract and unjust enrichment, the defendant appeals from an order of the Supreme Court, Suffolk County (Werner, J.), dated February 16, 2006, which denied her motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on the ground of lack of personal jurisdiction, and, upon searching the record, awarded the plaintiff summary judgment on the first cause of action and directed the defendant to return an engagement ring to the plaintiff.


Ordered that the order is affirmed, with costs.

The plaintiff and the defendant resided together in New York and entered into an engagement to be married. Approximately 18 months after becoming engaged, the defendant terminated the engagement and left the plaintiff's residence with an engagement ring and a dog, and allegedly, with other items of personal property belonging to the plaintiff. The plaintiff demanded the return of the property, the defendant refused, and this action was commenced. The defendant was a domiciliary of California at the time this action was commenced.

The plaintiff's first cause of action seeks the return of the engagement ring based on Civil Rights Law § 80-b and the tort of conversion. The second and fifth causes of action, based on breach of contract and unjust enrichment, are premised on the plaintiff's allegations that he provided the defendant with sums of money during their relationship, that the parties agreed such sums would constitute a loan if their marriage plans were

terminated, and that the sums remain unpaid although duly demanded. The third and fourth causes of action seek the return of other items of personal property allegedly owned by the plaintiff. In her answer, the defendant asserted the affirmative defense of lack of personal jurisdiction and she moved for summary judgment dismissing the complaint on that ground.

The Supreme Court properly denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint as the defendant failed to submit sufficient evidence to establish her entitlement to judgment as a matter of law on the affirmative defense of lack of personal jurisdiction (see...

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  • Williams v. Beemiller, Inc., 1438
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 9, 2018
    ...(see e.g. Andrew Greenberg, Inc. v. Sirtech Can., Ltd., 79 A.D.3d 1419, 1421, 913 N.Y.S.2d 808 [3d Dept. 2010] ; Dreznick v. Lenchner, 41 A.D.3d 769, 770, 838 N.Y.S.2d 781 [2d Dept. 2007] ; Kesterson v. Cambo Fotografische Industrie BV, 30 A.D.3d 301, 301, 819 N.Y.S.2d 222 [1st Dept. 2006] ......
  • M.C. v. Sylvia Marsh Equities, Inc.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 13, 2013
    ...of damages ( see DeLouise v. S.K.I. Wholesale Beer Corp., 79 A.D.3d at 1093, 913 N.Y.S.2d 774;Diamond v. Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 41 A.D.3d at 769, 839 N.Y.S.2d 211;Vanalst v. City of New York, 276 A.D.2d 789, 715 N.Y.S.2d 422). Further, due to the plaintiff's allegation that her physic......
  • Vodoff v. Mehmood
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 14, 2012
    ...53 A.D.3d 534, 861 N.Y.S.2d 765; Weber v. Ryder TRS, Inc., 49 A.D.3d 865, 854 N.Y.S.2d 480; Diamond v. Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 41 A.D.3d at 769, 839 N.Y.S.2d 211). In opposition, the plaintiff failed to establish that he did not suffer from a preexisting medical condition of diabetes. ......
  • Diamond v. Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 2006-09292.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • June 26, 2007
    ...in her bill of particulars (see Avila v 106 Corona Realty Corp., supra; St. Clare v Cattani, 128 AD2d 766 [1987]; Daniele v Long 41 A.D.3d 769 Is. Jewish-Hillside Med. Ctr., 74 AD2d 814 [1980]). In addition, the nature and severity of the plaintiff's previous injuries and medical conditions......
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  • Williams v. Beemiller, Inc., 1438
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 9, 2018
    ...(see e.g. Andrew Greenberg, Inc. v. Sirtech Can., Ltd., 79 A.D.3d 1419, 1421, 913 N.Y.S.2d 808 [3d Dept. 2010] ; Dreznick v. Lenchner, 41 A.D.3d 769, 770, 838 N.Y.S.2d 781 [2d Dept. 2007] ; Kesterson v. Cambo Fotografische Industrie BV, 30 A.D.3d 301, 301, 819 N.Y.S.2d 222 [1st Dept. 2006] ......
  • M.C. v. Sylvia Marsh Equities, Inc.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 13, 2013
    ...of damages ( see DeLouise v. S.K.I. Wholesale Beer Corp., 79 A.D.3d at 1093, 913 N.Y.S.2d 774;Diamond v. Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 41 A.D.3d at 769, 839 N.Y.S.2d 211;Vanalst v. City of New York, 276 A.D.2d 789, 715 N.Y.S.2d 422). Further, due to the plaintiff's allegation that her physic......
  • Vodoff v. Mehmood
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • February 14, 2012
    ...53 A.D.3d 534, 861 N.Y.S.2d 765; Weber v. Ryder TRS, Inc., 49 A.D.3d 865, 854 N.Y.S.2d 480; Diamond v. Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 41 A.D.3d at 769, 839 N.Y.S.2d 211). In opposition, the plaintiff failed to establish that he did not suffer from a preexisting medical condition of diabetes. ......
  • Diamond v. Ross Orthopedic Group, P.C., 2006-09292.
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • June 26, 2007
    ...in her bill of particulars (see Avila v 106 Corona Realty Corp., supra; St. Clare v Cattani, 128 AD2d 766 [1987]; Daniele v Long 41 A.D.3d 769 Is. Jewish-Hillside Med. Ctr., 74 AD2d 814 [1980]). In addition, the nature and severity of the plaintiff's previous injuries and medical conditions......

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