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Legal Memorandum: Elements of a Fraud Claim in NY

Issue: What are the necessary elements to state a cause of fraud under New York law?

Area of Law: Business Organizations & Contracts
Keywords: Fraud; Misrepresentation; Supported by facts
Jurisdiction: New York
Cited Cases: 851 N.Y.S.2d 68
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2010

“In order to state a cause of action for fraud, a plaintiff must adequately allege a misrepresentation of or failure to disclose a material fact, falsity, scienter, justifiable reliance by plaintiff, and damages resulting from the reliance.”  D’Amour v. Ohrenstein & Brown, LLP, No. 601418/2006, 17 Misc. 3d 1130(A), 851 N.Y.S.2d 68 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Aug. 13, 2007) (citation omitted).  Each element must be supported by facts sufficient to satisfy the requirement that fraud be pleaded in detail.  Id. (citation omitted).

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