Bayside Cemetery Litigation
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About the Litigation

Oct 22 2009-Current NY State Supreme Court Class Action Lawsuit

The following documents outline the progress of this matter through the legal process.  The documents are in reverse chronological order with the latest documents at the top of this section.  Documents for the Lucker case are preceded with "Lucker:".  Documents for the Leventhal case are preceded with "Leventhal:".


Leventhal: Brief for Defendants-Respondents-Cross-Appellants - Mar 20 2013

Leventhal: Brief for Plaintiff-Appellant-Cross Respondent - Jan 29 2013

Lucker: Defendant Letter to Appellate Clerk Agreeing to Consolidation - Dec 6 2012

Lucker: Plaintiff Declaration re Consolidation of Appeals - Nov 30 2012

Lucker: Plaintiff Application fro Expedited Services - Nov 30 2012

Lucker: Plaintiff Motion to Consolidate Appeals for Lucker & Leventhal - Nov 30 2012

Lucker: Reply Brief for Plaintiffs-Appelants to NY Supreme Court - Sep 14 2012

Lucker: Defendant Brief Respondent Appeal to NY Supreme Court - Sep 5 2012

Lucker: Plaintiff Appeal to NY Supreme Court - Appellate Division - Jul 25 2012

Lucker: CAJAC Settlement & Release - Plaintiff - Jul 24 2012


Leventhal: Notice of Cross Appeal - Defendant CSZ - Mar 16 2012

Leventhal: Pre-Argument Statement - Defendant CSZ - Mar 16 2012

Leventhal: Notice of Appeal - Plaintiff - Mar 5 2012

Leventhal: NYSCEF Confirmation Notice - Plaintiff - Mar 5 2012

Leventhal: Preargument Statement - Plaintiff - Mar 5 2012

Leventhal: Notice of Entry - CSZ - Feb 16 2012

Leventhal: Answer to Complaints - CSZ - Feb 16 2012

Leventhal: Stipulation to Stay Pending Appeal - Feb 6 2012

Leventhal: Decision and Order on Motion to Dismiss Pursuant to CPLR 3211 - Jan 9 2012

Leventhal: Judge James Decision to Deny Motion to Dismiss - CSZ - Jan 9 2012


Leventhal: Judge James Decision to Grant Motion to Dismiss - CAJAC - Jan 9 2012

Lucker: Plaintiff Notice of Appeal Preargument Statement - Oct 27 2011

Lucker: Defendant Letter to Judge James About Defendant Misrepresentation - Oct 12 2011

Lucker: Plaintiff Letter to Judge James About Defendant Misrepresentation - Oct 11 2011

Lucker: Defendant Letter to Judge James Admitting Misrepresentation - Oct 10 2011

Lucker: Judge James Decision to Grant Motion to Dismiss - CSZ - Sep 15 2011

Lucker: Judge James Decision to Grant Motion to Dismiss - CAJAC - Sep 15 2011

Lucker & Leventhal: Plaintiff Letter to Judge James - Aug 31 2011

Leventhal: Defendant CAJAC - Katz Affadavit - Reply Memo Motion to Dismiss - Apr 8 2011

Leventhal: Defendant CAJAC - Selman Affidavit - Reply Memo Motion to Dismiss - Apr 8 2011

Leventhal: Defendant CAJAC Reply Memo to Dismiss Motion - Apr 8 2011

Leventhat: Defendant CSZ Reply Memo to Dismiss Motion - Apr 7 2011

Leventhal: Plaintiff Opposition to Congregation Shaare Zedek Motion To Dismiss - Apr 1 2011

Leventhal: Plaintiff Opposition to CAJAC Motion To Dismiss - Apr 1 2011

Leventhal: Plaintiff Attachments to Motion To Dismiss Memos - Apr 1 2011

Leventhal: Defendant CAJAC Memo for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 8 2011

Leventhal: Defendant CSZ  Memo for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 8 2011

Leventhal: Defendant Letter to Judge James - Jan 26, 2011

Leventhal: Plaintiff Letter to Judge James - Jan 18 2011

Steven R. Leventhal vs Bayside Cemetery, Congregation Shaare Zedek and Community Association for Jewish At-Risk Cemeteries, Inc - Jan 13 2011

Lucker: Court Hearing Transcript - Jun 3 2010

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Withdraw Pro Hac Vice Motion - Mar 26 2010

Lucker: Defendant CSZ Reply Memo of Law for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CSZ Affirmation of Russell Steinthal - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CSZ Exhibit A for Affirmation of Russell Steinthal - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CSZ Exhibit B for Affirmation of Russell Steinthal - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CSZ Exhibit C for Affirmation of Russell Steinthal - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CSZ Response to Request for Production - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Reply Memo of Law for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Affirmation of Douglas Smith for Memo of Law - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Affirmation of Gary Katz for Memo of Law - Feb 15 2010

Lucker: Plaintiff Affadavit re Connecticut Probate Court - Lucker Fiduciary - Feb 3 2010

Lucker: Plaintiff Affadavit re Defendant CAJAC for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 1 2010

Lucker: Plaintiff Addadavit re Defendant CSZ for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 1 2010

Lucker: Plaintiff Memo of Law re Defendant CAJAC for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 1 2010

Lucker: Plaintiff Memo of Law re Defendant CSZ for Motion to Dismiss - Feb 1 2010

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Memo of Law Motion to Dismiss - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Memo of Law Motion to Dismiss Exh 1 - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Memo of Law Motion to Dismiss Exh 2 - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Memo of Law Motion to Dismiss Exh 3 - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Memo of Law Motion to Dismiss Affirmation - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Notice of Motion to Dismiss - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CSZ/Bayside Memo of Law Motion to Dismiss - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CSZ/Bayside Notice of Motion to Dismiss - Dec 18 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Premotion Letter to Judge Fried - Dec 1 2009

Lucker: Defendant CAJAC Courtesy Case Copy for Premotion Letter - Dec 1 2009

Lucker: Defendant CSZ/Bayside Premotion Letter to Judge Fried - Nov 20 2009

Lucker et al vs Bayside Cemetery & Congregation Shaare Zedek & Community Association for Jewish At-Risk Cemeteries - Oct 22 2009



2007-2009 Federal District Court Class Action Lawsuit

The following documents outline the progression of this matter through the legal process.  The documents are in chronological order with the latest documents at the bottom of this section.


The following documents outline the progression of this matter through the legal process.  The documents are in chronological order with the latest documents at the bottom of this section.

Lucker et al vs. Bayside Cemetery & Congregation Shaare Zedek - Sept 12 2007

Defendant's Letter to Judge Dearie - Motion to Dismiss - Oct 22, 2007

Plaintiff's Letter to Judge Dearie Replying to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Letter - Oct 26, 2007

Court Hearing Transcript - Dec 19 2007

Defendant Letter to Plaintiff - Dec 28, 2007

Plaintiff Letter to Defendant - Jan 4, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to NYS AG About FOIA Denial - Jan 28, 2008

Court Hearing Transcript - Mar 28, 2008

Plaintiff & Defendant Agree to Administrative Close & Tolling Agreement - May 2, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to UJA to Not to Sue - Jul 2, 2008

Defendant Letter to Plaintiff - Aug 15, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Chief Judge Dearie Resuming Suit - Aug 20, 2008

Lynn Cohen vs. Bayside Cemetery & Congregation Shaare Zedek - Aug 29, 2008

Defendant Letter to Plaintiff - Sep 5, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Defendant - Sep 8, 2008

Defendant Letter to Chief Judge Dearie Reply to Suit Resumption - Aug 22, 2008

Court Electronic Filing - Sep 25, 2008

Fran Goldstein vs. Bayside Cemetery & Congregation Shaare Zedek - Sept 25, 2008

Defendant Notice of Motion to Dismiss - Oct 13, 2008

Defendant Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Dismiss - Oct 13, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Judge Dearie Regarding Defendants' Untimely Filed Motion to Dismiss - Oct 17, 2008

Defendant Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Oct 20, 2008

Defendent Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Oct 23, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Defendant - Nov 10, 2008

Plaintiff Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss - Nov 10, 2008

Plaintiff Attachments/Exhibits to Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss - Nov 10, 2008

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrack to Request Adjournment of Dec 15, 2008 Conference - Nov 17, 2008

Judge Azrack Order to Adjourn Dec 15, 2008 Conference - Nov 18, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Judge Azrack Opposing Defendant's Request to Adjourn Dec 15, 2008 Conference - Nov 18. 2008

Judge Azrack Order to Rescind Nov 18, 2008 Order and Denial of Defendant's Request to Adjourn Dec 15, 2008 Conference - Nov 19, 2008

Defendant Reply Memorandum in Support of Defendant's Motion to Dismiss - Dec 1, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Dec 10, 2008

Chief Judge Dearie Order - Dec 11, 2008

Judge Azrak Order - Dec 11, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Judge Azrack - Dec 16, 2008

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrack - Dec 16, 2008

Defendant Supplemental Brief on Subject Matter of Jurisdiction - Dec 24, 2008

Plaintiff Letter to Chief Judge Dearie on Subject Matter of Jurisdiction - Dec 24, 2008

Plaintiff Memorandum of Law in Response to The Court's Concern Regarding Jurisdiction - Dec 24, 2008

Plaintiff - Declaration of Michael Buchman - Dec 24, 2008

Plaintiff - Declaration of Bob Roberts - Dec 24, 2008

Plaintiff - Declaration of Hayden Burrus - Dec 24, 2008

URGENT Email from Plaintiff to Defendant and NY State Attorney General's Office - Dec 27, 2008

URGENT Email from Plaintiff to NY State Attorney General's Office - Dec 28, 2008

Plaintiff - Declaration of Leslie Francisco - Dec 28, 2008

Plaintiff - Declaration of Ralph Francisco - Dec 28, 2008

Plaintiff - Letter to NY State Attorney General's Office - Dec 31, 2008

Chief Judge Dearie's Rescheduling Letter of Court Date to Monday January 12, 2009 at Noon - Jan 6, 2009

Chief Judge Dearie's Temporary Dismissal of the Jan 12, 2009 Noon Time Hearing and Order to Appear Before Judge Azrak - Order Received Jan 12, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrak Requesting the Judge to Reconsider Her Order from the Jan 12, 2009 Hearing - Jan 12, 2009

Plaintiff Letter to Judge Azrak Requesting the Judge to Retain Her Order from the Jan 12, 2009 Hearing - Jan 13, 2009

Defendant Letter for Jurisdictional Discovery Documents - Jan 20, 2009

Defendant Request for Jurisdictional Discovery Request for Production - Lucker, et al - Jan 20, 2009

Defendant Request for Jurisdictional Discovery Request for Production - F. Goldstein - Jan 20, 2009

Defendant Request for Jurisdictional Discovery Request for Production - L. Cohen - Jan 20, 2009

Plaintiff Letter to Chief Judge Dearie Regarding Jurisdictional Discovery Conclusions - Feb 27, 2009

Chief Judge Dearie's Scheduling of Court Date for Monday June 29, 2009 at 2:30 PM - May 12, 2009

Affadavit of Lynn Cohen Regarding Proof of Perpetual Care from Congregation Shaare Zedek's Records - May 20, 2009

Affadavit of John Lucker Regarding Proof of Perpetual Care from Congregation Shaare Zedek's Records - May 21, 2009

Plaintiff Class Certification Cover Letter - July 31, 2009

Plaintiff Class Certification Notice Letter - July 31, 2009

Plaintiff Class Certification Memorandum of Law - July 31, 2009

Plaintiff Class Certification Memorandum of Law Exhibits - July 31, 2009

Plaintiff Class Certification Declaration of John Lucker - July 31, 2009

Court Hearing Transcript - June 29, 2009

Defendant Letter to Plaintiff - August 18 2009

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrak Requesting Stay for Class Certification - August 19 2009

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrak - Exhibit A - August 19 2009

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrak - Exhibit B - August 19 2009

Defendant Letter to Judge Azrak - Exhibit C - August 19 2009

Plaintiff Reply to Defendant Letter Regarding Class Certif Stay Request - August 20 2009

Defendant Reply Letter Regarding Class Certif Stay Request - August 20 2009

Plaintiff Letter Reply to Reply to Reply Regarding Class Certif Stay Request - August 20 2009


Judge Azrak Order - September 10 2009

Judge Azrak Order - September 18 2009

Unsolicited Letter from a NYC Citizen to Judge Dearie - Sept 21 2009

Chief Judge Dearie Order - September 21 2009

Plaintiff Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Electronic Court Notice - Sept 22 2009

Plaintiff Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Sept 22 2009

Defendent Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Sept 24 2009

Plaintiff Response to Defendent Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Sept 24 2009

Plaintiff  Letter to Chief Judge Dearie - Sept 30 2009

Chief Judge Dearie Order Dismissing Case from Federal Court - Sept 30 2009

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