It’s a common story, albeit with some variations:
A promotes the “next best thing” to B, offering B the opportunity to invest and get in on the ground floor of a great investment vehicle. After getting B’s hard-earned money, A stops returning B’s calls.
Against that backdrop, many plaintiffs in B’s shoes try to recoup their investment, claiming that A breached his fiduciary duty, and defrauded him.
But is such a claim viable under New York law?
While there is a potentially valid cause of action for fraudulent inducement under New York law, in truth, it really isn’t that easy to prove.
New York’s courts have set forth a 4-part requirement for a fraudulent inducement claim to succeed:
- The misrepresentation was false – or known to be false;
- The misrepresentation was made for the specific purpose of inducing the plaintiff to rely upon it;
- Plaintiff sustained an injury as a direct result of his reliance on the defendant’s misrepresentation