Salyamov v Lyhovsky  2017 NY Slip Op 00929  Decided on February 7, 2017  Appellate Division, First Department is a very short, very direct reversal of summary judgment in which the AD reverses the opinion of Justice Wright, who has since been transferred from Supreme Court to Family Court.  How could there have been such a divergence over such a simple fact?

“Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Geoffrey D. Wright, J.), entered July 25, 2016, which denied defendant’s motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously reversed, on the law, without costs, and the motion granted. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment accordingly.

Plaintiff asserts a legal malpractice claim based on defendant’s alleged failure to confirm that a sublessor of premises in which plaintiff wished to operate a business had the owner’s consent to assign the sublease at issue. However, there was no assignment of the sublease; the subtenant was a corporation whose stock plaintiff purchased in the transaction at issue. Further, it is undisputed that the master lease allowed the sublessor to sublet the premises without the owner’s consent.

Plaintiff’s additional theory of liability, that defendant failed to ascertain the status of the master lease, was improperly raised for the first time in opposition to defendant’s motion for summary judgment (see Atkins v Beth Abraham Health Servs., 133 AD3d 491 [1st Dept 2015]).”