legal impossibility and injunctions

AmBase Corp. v Spruce Capital Partners LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 00352 [1st Dept. 2019]

Insofar as plaintiffs seek a preliminary injunction, that remedy is “a legal impossibility,” and the appeal is moot (Divito v Farrell, 50 AD3d 405, 406 [1st Dept 2008]; see Currier v First Transcapital Corp., 190 AD2d 507, 508 [1st Dept 1993] [“an injunction may not issue to prohibit a fait accompli“]). The strict foreclosure that plaintiffs sought to enjoin occurred more than a year ago, in late August or early September 2017, and we denied plaintiffs’ motion for a stay, pending this appeal, of so much of the order as dissolved the TRO that had been granted (see 2018 NY Slip Op 61540[U] [Jan. 18, 2018]).

Plaintiffs’ request for a declaratory judgment is not moot, because plaintiff 111 West 57th Investment LLC (Investment) might be entitled to damages from defendant 111 W57 Mezz Investor LLC (Junior Mezz Lender) if it is judicially determined that Investment had the right to object to the strict foreclosure pursuant to Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) § 9-620(a)(2)(B) (see Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce v Pataki, 100 NY2d 801, 812 [2003], cert denied 540 US 1017 [2003])[FN1]. However, the complaint, as currently pleaded, mentions neither damages nor a constructive trust. Similarly, the complaint does not allege that the Spruce defendants acted in bad faith because they colluded with other defendants who are not party to this appeal or that Investment was entitled to object to the strict foreclosure under UCC 9-621(a)(1). As plaintiffs recognize, they need to replead or amend. As the order appealed from does not show that the dismissal was with prejudice, in and of itself, it does not prevent plaintiffs from moving for leave to amend or supplement the complaint.

The bold is mine.

CWCapital Cobalt VR Ltd. v CWCapital Invs. LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 00408 [1st Dept. 2019]

The court did not abuse its discretion in denying a preliminary injunction (Nobu Next Door, LLC v Fine Arts Hous., Inc., 4 NY3d 839, 840 [2005]). Plaintiff did not establish a likelihood of success on the merits, because, even without addressing the various questions surrounding plaintiff’s authority under the agreements, it did not take the requisite steps to remove and replace respondents as control class representative and special servicer under the indenture and collateral management agreement (CPLR 6301). Moreover, plaintiff has not shown that it will suffer irreparable harm absent injunctive relief, since the alleged harm would be compensable with monetary damages (id.). Finally, a balance of the equities does not weigh in plaintiff’s favor (Nobu at 839).

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