ROSENTHAL v. QUADRIGA ART, INC. 8170, 116974/06.
105 A.D.3d 507 (2013)
963 N.Y.S.2d 192
2013 NY Slip Op 2475
GLORIA ROSENTHAL, Respondent-Appellant, v. QUADRIGA ART, INC., Appellant-Respondent.
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, First Department.
Decided April 11, 2013.
Concur — Andrias, J.P., Sweeny, Moskowitz and Manzanet-Daniels, JJ.
Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Barbara R. Kapnick, J.), entered December 22, 2011, which, insofar as appealed from as limited by the briefs, granted defendant Quadriga Art, Inc.'s motion for summary judgment dismissing the second cause of action to the extent it sought to recover unpaid commissions for the years 2000, 2001, and 2003; denied Quadriga's motion for summary judgment dismissing the second cause of action to the extent of declining to address Quadriga's defense that the Estate of Alfred J. Rosenthal was entitled to commissions only on orders actually taken by decedent Rosenthal and that the amount of those commissions was not required to be 10%; and denied that branch of the same motion seeking dismissal of the second cause of action as to unpaid commissions for the year 2002, unanimously modified, on the law, to deny defendant's motion for summary judgment with respect to plaintiff's second cause of action completely and otherwise affirmed, without costs. Prior Case History: 2011 NY Slip Op 33413(U).
The motion court properly declined to grant defendant's motion for summary judgment regarding the amount of commissions due to the defendant's estate. The record shows that decedent occasionally was paid commissions on orders that he did not personally write up or service, including some accounts that he brought to defendant but were subsequently converted to "house accounts." Moreover, there are factual and credibility issues regarding whether defendant always paid decedent commissions of 10%, as well as whether defendant "gifted" certain amounts to decedent in various years, including some years for which defendant asserts accord and satisfaction as a defense to the Estate's claims. Resolution of these issues is more appropriate for the finder of fact (see Martin v Citibank, N.A.,
Contrary to the motion court's finding, the estate's claim for commissions for the years 2000, 2001, and 2003 is not barred by the principle of accord and satisfaction. Accord and satisfaction
We have considered the parties' remaining contentions and find them unavailing.
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