Michelle vs Cooking Healthy and Max’s Supermarket – Case

In this trial before me as a Small Claims arbitrator, Michelle, the claimant, is suing two defendants; a TV show called “Cooking Healthy” (not its real name, which I have changed here), and Max’s Supermarket, a small supermarket in Manhattan. Michelle is suing both of them for $1,000, claiming that she was misled by the…

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Murray vs Shelley’s Jewelry – Case

The names of all of the people in this story are made up by me and are fictional in order to protect their privacy. In a recent trial before me as an arbitrator in Manhattan’s Small Claims Court, the plaintiff, here called “Murray”, is seeking damages of $5,000, the Court’s maximum, from his friend Shelley,…

Murray vs Shelley’s Jewelry – Decision

Shelley testified that he never said that it would be exact. Shelley then showed me photos of both rings. To my eyes, they looked the same. Shelley also said that he spent $1,000 of his own money to please Murray and Miriam. I then said that I would rule against Murray. At this point, I…

Wesley vs Carrey – Case

The case of Jane Wesley vs Larry Carrey started out as a simple car damage case. Ms. Wesley’s car door was damaged by Mr. Carrey when he kicked it while she was still in the car, she testified. She presented two written repair estimates to me, one for $457 and the other for $540. Under…

Wesley vs Carrey – Decision

I held Mr. Carrey liable for $498, the dollar amount that Ms. Wesley proved, but I did not double the amount because of his conduct. Ms. Wesley is entitled in my opinion to an award for the dented car door. However, her fear and terror, which I believe was real, cannot be measured in money,…

Yong vs Kizi Fashion – Case

Yong Hee’s complaint in Small Claims Court recently came before me as an arbitrator. He was accompanied by the Court’s Chinese language interpreter. It became clear to me at the outset that the interpreter was limiting what he translated, by reducing Mr. Yong’s long statements to a few words, accompanied by facial tics, body movements…

Yong vs Kizi Fashion – Decision

In my opinion, Kizi was not obligated to pay Mr. Yong’s loanshark interest as additional damages. To begin with, Small Claims adds “statutory interest” (presently nine 9% per annum) on all monetary awards. Also, in cases involving breach of contract, only damages that directly flow from the breach are compensable. Mr. Yong’s cost for his…

Pernod vs Green – Case

In this Small Claims arbitration case before me, two sisters, Felicia and Marianne Pernod, are suing Marsha Green for $2,800. The case involved an apartment tenancy and a phony sublease, an eviction and a lot of shouting. The Misses Pernod speak mostly French and some halting English. They testified together, stumbling over and correcting each…

Pernod vs Green – Decision

I granted an award to the Pernod sisters of $2,800. In my opinion, Ms. Green led the sisters to believe that she had the authority to sublet the apartment to them. It is possible that the sisters will not be able to collect the judgment against Ms. Green. I told the sisters that in that…