Z. Justin Mgmt. Co. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC

CourtNew York Supreme Court Appellate Division
Citation28 N.Y.S.3d 31,137 A.D.3d 577
Parties Z. JUSTIN MANAGEMENT CO., INC., Plaintiff–Appellant, v. METRO OUTDOOR, LLC, et al., Defendants–Respondents.
Decision Date17 March 2016

137 A.D.3d 577
28 N.Y.S.3d 31

Z. JUSTIN MANAGEMENT CO., INC., Plaintiff–Appellant,
v.
METRO OUTDOOR, LLC, et al., Defendants–Respondents.

Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

March 17, 2016.


28 N.Y.S.3d 31

Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP, New York (Magda L. Cruz of counsel), for appellant.

Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin, P.C., New York (Roger J. Maldonado of counsel), for Metro Outdoor, LLC, respondent.

28 N.Y.S.3d 32

Rosenberg & Estis, P.C., New York (Bradley S. Silverbush of counsel), for 860 Sign, LLC, respondent.

FRIEDMAN, J.P., ANDRIAS, SAXE, KAPNICK, JJ.

137 A.D.3d 577

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Saliann Scarpulla, J.), entered on or about December 16, 2014, which, to the extent appealed from, granted the motions of defendants Metro

137 A.D.3d 578

Outdoor, LLC (Metro) and 860 Sign, LLC (860 Sign) to dismiss the second amended complaint, unanimously affirmed, with costs.

This case involves a purported wrongful assignment of an outdoor advertising agreement by defendant Metro to defendant 860 Sign. The agreement, which was originally entered into between plaintiff and defendant Metro, was assigned by Metro to 860 Sign for an assignment fee of $1.6 million. On appeal, plaintiff contends that the agreement, despite being labeled a "sublease," was actually a non-assignable licensing agreement as a matter of law, or, in the alternative, that plaintiff was entitled to a portion of the assignment fee.

Plaintiff's arguments are unavailing. "The nature of the transfer of absolute control and possession is what differentiates a lease from a license ... [w]hereas a license connotes use or occupancy of the grantor's premises, a lease grants exclusive possession of designated space to a tenant, subject to rights specifically reserved by the lessor. The former is cancellable at will, and without...

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  • Am. Infertility of N.Y., P.C. v. Verizon N.Y. Inc., 159892/2015
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • December 10, 2020
    ...The owner or landlord of real property may revoke a license at will and without cause. Z. Justin Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC , 137 A.D.3d 577, 578, 28 N.Y.S.3d 31 (1st Dep't 2016) ; American Jewish Theatre v. Roundabout Theatre Co. , 203 A.D.2d 155, 156, 610 N.Y.S.2d 256 (1st Dep't......
  • Waldman v. Gale Abt, 2021-51220
    • United States
    • New York Civil Court
    • December 21, 2021
    ...878 (1st Dept. 1947)(licensors do not surrender their rights to occupy the premises). Cf. Z. Justin Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC, 137 A.D.3d 577, 578 (1st Dept. 2016), Prospect Owners Corp. v. Sandmeyer, 62 A.D.3d 601, 602 (1st Dept. 2009), leave to appeal denied, 13 N.Y.3d 717 (201......
  • People v. Morales
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • March 17, 2016
    ...the evidence (see People v. Danielson, 9 N.Y.3d 342, 348–349, 849 N.Y.S.2d 480, 880 N.E.2d 1 [2007] ). There is no basis for disturbing 137 A.D.3d 577the jury's credibility determinations, including its resolution of inconsistencies, and we reject defendant's argument that an accomplice wit......
  • Berger v. Signac Invs. Ltd., 13760N
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • May 4, 2021
    ...Co. v. Hamilton Bank Note Engraving & Print. Co. 180 N.Y. 280, 292, 73 N.E. 48 [1905] ; Z. Justin Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC, 137 A.D.3d 577, 578, 28 N.Y.S.3d 31 [1st Dept. 2016] ; see also Allhusen v. Caristo Constr. Corp., 303 N.Y. 446, 452, 103 N.E.2d 891 [1952] ).Finally, the ......
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  • Am. Infertility of N.Y., P.C. v. Verizon N.Y. Inc., 159892/2015
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court (New York)
    • December 10, 2020
    ...The owner or landlord of real property may revoke a license at will and without cause. Z. Justin Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC , 137 A.D.3d 577, 578, 28 N.Y.S.3d 31 (1st Dep't 2016) ; American Jewish Theatre v. Roundabout Theatre Co. , 203 A.D.2d 155, 156, 610 N.Y.S.2d 256 (1st Dep't......
  • Waldman v. Gale Abt, 2021-51220
    • United States
    • New York Civil Court
    • December 21, 2021
    ...878 (1st Dept. 1947)(licensors do not surrender their rights to occupy the premises). Cf. Z. Justin Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC, 137 A.D.3d 577, 578 (1st Dept. 2016), Prospect Owners Corp. v. Sandmeyer, 62 A.D.3d 601, 602 (1st Dept. 2009), leave to appeal denied, 13 N.Y.3d 717 (201......
  • People v. Morales
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • March 17, 2016
    ...the evidence (see People v. Danielson, 9 N.Y.3d 342, 348–349, 849 N.Y.S.2d 480, 880 N.E.2d 1 [2007] ). There is no basis for disturbing 137 A.D.3d 577the jury's credibility determinations, including its resolution of inconsistencies, and we reject defendant's argument that an accomplice wit......
  • Berger v. Signac Invs. Ltd., 13760N
    • United States
    • New York Supreme Court Appellate Division
    • May 4, 2021
    ...Co. v. Hamilton Bank Note Engraving & Print. Co. 180 N.Y. 280, 292, 73 N.E. 48 [1905] ; Z. Justin Mgt. Co., Inc. v. Metro Outdoor, LLC, 137 A.D.3d 577, 578, 28 N.Y.S.3d 31 [1st Dept. 2016] ; see also Allhusen v. Caristo Constr. Corp., 303 N.Y. 446, 452, 103 N.E.2d 891 [1952] ).Finally, the ......

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