Fraud on the court is not really “fraud” as it is generally used. Pritsker v Zamansky LLC  2021 NY Slip Op 05678 Decided on October 19, 2021
Appellate Division, First Department discusses a selective quote and whether it was fraud on the court.

“As the basis for seeking vacatur of the November 2018 order, plaintiff postulates that defendants engaged in a fraud on the court. Plaintiff asserts that defendants submitted a deceptively elided quotation from the underlying arbitral decision, which was intended to suggest that plaintiff himself was responsible for the unsuccessful investment at issue, rather than the investment firm he commenced the arbitration against. The purpose of this, he contends, was to immunize defendants from liability, since plaintiff could not prevail against them for legal malpractice if there was no meritorious claim to pursue in the first place.

Plaintiff’s fraud theory is not viable. Notably, plaintiff admits that, in addition to the selectively edited quotation, defendants submitted the entire arbitration decision as an exhibit. Nor does plaintiff claim that defendants’ quotation was literally misquoted or otherwise inaccurate. These facts cut sharply against plaintiff’s theory. Defendants accurately noted that they were selectively quoting from a larger document, and then attached the entire source document for the court’s reference and verification. Defendants gave their opinion of the import of the quoted language. Again, however, defendants also submitted the entire document to the court, so that it might shape its own view of the arbitral decision. We see here only advocacy by defendants, not fraud. Since plaintiff has not met his burden of showing fraud, he has not shown any entitlement to relief under CPLR 5015(a)(3) either (see Molina v Chladek, 140 AD3d 523, 524 [1st Dept 2016]; Miller v Lanzisera, 273 AD2d 866, 868 [4th Dept 2000]).”

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Andrew Lavoott Bluestone

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone has been an attorney for 40 years, with a career that spans criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation. Mr. Bluestone became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County in 1978, entered private practice in 1984 and in 1989 opened…

Andrew Lavoott Bluestone has been an attorney for 40 years, with a career that spans criminal prosecution, civil litigation and appellate litigation. Mr. Bluestone became an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County in 1978, entered private practice in 1984 and in 1989 opened his private law office and took his first legal malpractice case.

Since 1989, Bluestone has become a leader in the New York Plaintiff’s Legal Malpractice bar, handling a wide array of plaintiff’s legal malpractice cases arising from catastrophic personal injury, contracts, patents, commercial litigation, securities, matrimonial and custody issues, medical malpractice, insurance, product liability, real estate, landlord-tenant, foreclosures and has defended attorneys in a limited number of legal malpractice cases.

Bluestone also took an academic role in field, publishing the New York Attorney Malpractice Report from 2002-2004.  He started the “New York Attorney Malpractice Blog” in 2004, where he has published more than 4500 entries.

Mr. Bluestone has written 38 scholarly peer-reviewed articles concerning legal malpractice, many in the Outside Counsel column of the New York Law Journal. He has appeared as an Expert witness in multiple legal malpractice litigations.

Mr. Bluestone is an adjunct professor of law at St. John’s University College of Law, teaching Legal Malpractice.  Mr. Bluestone has argued legal malpractice cases in the Second Circuit, in the New York State Court of Appeals, each of the four New York Appellate Divisions, in all four of  the U.S. District Courts of New York and in Supreme Courts all over the state.  He has also been admitted pro haec vice in the states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida and was formally admitted to the US District Court of Connecticut and to its Bankruptcy Court all for legal malpractice matters. He has been retained by U.S. Trustees in legal malpractice cases from Bankruptcy Courts, and has represented municipalities, insurance companies, hedge funds, communications companies and international manufacturing firms. Mr. Bluestone regularly lectures in CLEs on legal malpractice.

Based upon his professional experience Bluestone was named a Diplomate and was Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys in 2008 in Legal Malpractice. He remains Board Certified.  He was admitted to The Best Lawyers in America from 2012-2019.  He has been featured in Who’s Who in Law since 1993.

In the last years, Mr. Bluestone has been featured for two particularly noteworthy legal malpractice cases.  The first was a settlement of an $11.9 million dollar default legal malpractice case of Yeo v. Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman which was reported in the NYLJ on August 15, 2016. Most recently, Mr. Bluestone obtained a rare plaintiff’s verdict in a legal malpractice case on behalf of the City of White Plains v. Joseph Maria, reported in the NYLJ on February 14, 2017. It was the sole legal malpractice jury verdict in the State of New York for 2017.

Bluestone has been at the forefront of the development of legal malpractice principles and has contributed case law decisions, writing and lecturing which have been recognized by his peers.  He is regularly mentioned in academic writing, and his past cases are often cited in current legal malpractice decisions. He is recognized for his ample writings on Judiciary Law § 487, a 850 year old statute deriving from England which relates to attorney deceit.