Dismissal of Hurricane Sandy Class Affirmed on Appeal

Successfully defended three owners of sizable residential portfolios and five managing agents of rental properties located in downtown Manhattan in a putative bi-lateral class action brought by three plaintiffs seeking statutory rent reimbursement for loss of services during Hurricane Sandy. Herrick obtained dismissal of the complaint on a pre-class certification motion for summary judgment made prior to any discovery, asserting that the class claims as pled failed to satisfy the statutory requisites of a class action. On plaintiffs’ appeal, the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously affirmed.