Matt vs Sonny’s Gates – Decision

Matt was clearly damaged by Sonny’s actions.  The issue of the large fine imposed on Matt was not before me. Small Claims can issue money judgments only, and cannot interfere with the laws and regulations of other municipal agencies or courts. Excessive fines for minor violations became a hot political issue in NYC’s recent primary…

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Matt vs Sonny’s Gates – Case

In a recent case before me as an arbitrator in Small Claims Court, the claimant, a young man who had just opened a pet store in Manhattan, decided to put up a security gate in order to protect his investment in the store’s contents. To protect his privacy, I will call him “Matt”.   Matt…

Dick and Jane vs Handyman-Decision

Dick and Jane did not inquire of Handyman if he had the necessary skills, experience or tools to do the job, or if he was licensed by the City. There was no discussion about even a work reference. Refinishing wood floors and stripping kitchen cabinets requires both skills and experience, as well as the use…

Dick and Jane vs Handyman – Case

I was recently asked as a Small Claims arbitrator to decide how to assess money damages in an apartment renovation dispute.   In this case, the apartment renovation by a local handyman came out badly. However, how much is the defendant (I will here call him “Handyman”) responsible for? The plaintiffs (husband and wife, who…