CPLR R. 3211(a)(7) and Punitive Damages

CPLR R. 3211(a)(7)  pleading fails to state a cause of action

Fragrancenet.com, Inc. v Fragrancex.com, Inc., 2009 NY Slip Op 09613 (App. Div., 2nd, 2009)

[T]he Supreme Court properly, inter alia, granted that branch of the defendants' motion pursuant to CPLR 3211(a)(7) which was to dismiss the plaintiff's claim for punitive damages.

"Punitive damages are permitted when the defendant's wrongdoing is not simply intentional but evince[s] a high degree of moral turpitude and demonstrate[s] such wanton dishonesty as to imply a criminal indifference to civil obligations'" (Ross v Louise Wise Serv., Inc., 8 NY3d 478, 489, quoting Walker v Sheldon, 10 NY2d 401, 405; see Prozeralik v Capital Cities Communications, 82 NY2d 466, 479; Sharapata v Town of Islip, 56 NY2d 332, 335). Here, the allegations in the complaint do not support the imposition of punitive damages.

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