In a bizarre twist, and with probable implications under New York's Civil Practice Law and Rules (i.e., the CPLR), Michael Bolton (and many of the defendant's from the original action) have filed a summons with notice in New York Supreme Court, New York County -- the very same jurisdiction where the original suit was filed -- against Executive Monetary Management, Plaintiff in the original action, for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and fraudulent concealment. Damages alleged are $5 mil.
Why is this being filed as a separate suit, rather than as counterclaims or affirmative defenses in the original action under CPLR 3018(b) and 3019? What are the implications for these claims not being asserted in the Answer of the original action, especially if they arise out of the same transaction? Litigators: this one's for you!
[Stowaways LLC; The Second Time Around LLC; MBO Tours Inc.; MBO Productions Inc.; Passion Realty LLC; MB Swings II LLC; Montaigne Records LLC; Passion Films Inc.; M Bolton Entertainment LLC; Bolton Power Blues LLC; Michael Bolton; Mr. Bolton's Music Inc.; Is Hot Music Ltd.; Passion Music Inc.; Bona Justitia Music Inc. v. Executive Monetary Management Inc. Filed 1/14/2008; Case no. 08-600111]