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As It Turns Out, Yellowstone Waivers Are Enforceable

Four years ago, we explored whether a commercial tenant could waive its common law right to seek a Yellowstone Injunction. At that time, there was no appellate authority directly on point. This all changed on Jan. 31, 2018, when the Appellate Division, Second Department ruled in 159 MP Corp., v Redbridge Bedford, LLC that the “commercial tenants’ voluntary and limited waiver of declaratory judgment remedies in their written lease is valid and enforceable, and not violative of New York’s public policy …”

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In an earlier article, Are Yellowstone Waivers Enforceable?, New York Law Journal, April 10, 2014, at 4, col. 1, we explored whether a commercial tenant could waive its common law right to seek a Yellowstone Injunction. At that time, there was no appellate authority directly on point. This all changed on Jan. 31, 2018, when the Appellate Division, Second Department ruled in 159 MP Corp., v Redbridge Bedford, LLC, 2018 WL 635946, 1 (2d Dept 2018) that the “commercial tenants’ voluntary and limited waiver of declaratory judgment remedies in their written lease is valid and enforceable, and not violative of New York’s public policy …”

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