Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District v. Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County

Nassau County Supreme Court Commercial Division (616923/2018).  We successfully moved for summary judgment on behalf of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District (“District”) against the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (“BOCES”), in a contract interpretation case that resulted in a money judgment in favor of the District of over $680,000.00.  The case involved the interpretation of a 10-year lease between the parties, and a subsequent purchase agreement between the parties, executed about one year prior to the end of the lease term.  BOCES had agreed to purchase the leased property for $12 million.  The court reasoned that whether a writing is ambiguous is a question of law to be determined by the court and the determination of the intent of the parties to a contract should be made as a matter of law “whereas here, the intent is discernible from the four corners of an unambiguously-worded agreement.”