HUNTINGTON MINING HOLDINGS, INC. v. COTTONTAIL PLAZA, INC.


60 N.Y.2d 997 (1983)

Huntington Mining Holdings, Inc., Formerly Known as Huntington Mining & Realty World, Ltd., Appellant, v. Cottontail Plaza, Inc., Respondent.

Court of Appeals of the State of New York.

Decided December 1, 1983.


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Albert R. Pincus and Michael D. Solomon for appellant.

Andrew J. Connick for respondent.

Chief Judge COOKE and Judges JASEN, JONES, WACHTLER, MEYER, SIMONS and KAYE concur.


MEMORANDUM.

The order of the Appellate Division should be affirmed, with costs.

Though defendant seller's anticipatory breach of contract relieved plaintiff purchaser of its obligation to tender performance, this did not discharge plaintiff's obligation to show that it was ready and able to perform its own contractual undertakings on the closing date, in order to secure specific performance. (Stawski v Epstein, 67 A.D.2d 681; Friederang v Aldo Co., 199 App Div 127.) Plaintiff insists that, while it lacked its own funds to purchase the property on the scheduled closing date, it was nonetheless able to perform because it had obtained a commitment from another person. However, as the Appellate Division found, this person was not asked for financing until nearly a year after the anticipated closing, and plaintiff failed to produce any other evidence of its capacity to perform. Specific performance was therefore inappropriate.

Since there has already been a trial upon stipulated facts and extensive deposition testimony, and no trial errors are alleged, there is no occasion for a further hearing on the issue of plaintiff's ability to perform, as plaintiff requests.

On review of submissions pursuant to rule 500.2 (b) of the Rules of the Court of Appeals (22 NYCRR 500.2 [g]), order affirmed, with costs, in a memorandum.


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